RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN / GROUP PROJECT / PROVIDENCE, RI
Pavilion INSPIRED BY architect Felix Candela's hyperbolic paraboloid structure
To explore Felix Candela's hyperbolic paraboloid, shape created by two straight lines intersecting, a group of 3 students created study models including casting method, laster cut assemble method and curvature surface created with wooden sticks. Casting methodology wasn't as efficient as gravity was creating an uneven thickness of the structure. The team finally decided to rather express the straight lines intersecting, than working to create a complete surface.
To achieve final design, we worked with a model by moving the different points of the structure to see how the form variates. The points are adjusted to adapt to the different perspective of the existing site. So, the first, two points are stretching out toward the viewpoints of the sunset and also lowered for people sitting down. Whereas the other two points were stretched up to this point so that it could function as an entrance to let people walk in.