Composite Wing, 2014
Studio Roland Snooks
The composite fibre installation compresses surface, structure and ornament into one intricate and irreducible assemblage. The project is an extension and amalgamation of three strands of research - algoirthmic design, robotic fabrication and composite fibre materials - that are being undertaken by Studio Roland Snooks.
The intricate pattern of 'agentBodies' that run within the surface of the display tables are designed through a multi-agenet algorithm that draws from the self-organising logic of swarm intelligence - such as flocks of birds, schools of fish or social insects. This generative approach negotiates between structural, formal and ornamental design intentions to create an emergent surface condition - that is, one that develops through its own internal logic.
The complexity of the project is made possible through the development of robotic fabrication techniques including the extrusion of the fine-scale surface articulation. The surface gains its strength through the location of the articulation that operate as structural beams within the surface. This strategy enables the surface to remain only a few millimetres thick while spanning and cantilevering considerable distances.
Project Team: Roland Snooks (Design Director), Cam Newnham, Drew Busmire, Amaury Thomas, Pei She Lee.
Structural Engineering: Bollinger+Grohmann Engineers / Sascha Bohnenberger, Clemens Preisinger, Robert Vierlinger.
Fibreglass Fabrication: Composite Constructions / Steve Campbell
RMIT Fabrication Team: Wen Yap, Milou van Min, Franco Zagato, Farah Rozhan, Sebastian Nicht, Jack Mansfield-Hung, Chris Ferris, Jesse Thomas, Emily Cipriani, Scohldun Beaver, Yee Shuian Sang, Say Huang Tan, Tim Cameron, Simone Tchonova, Kei Jin Pook, Yuxi Cheng, Jonathan Kim, Pat Anglin, Matt Ellis, Vincent Lai, Edmund Olowo, Fahimeh Mosavari, Sanghan Gang, Lijun Loy, Stephen Annett, Tuyen Tran.
Composite Wing was produced in collaboration with RMIT Design Hub for The Future is Here exhibition.
Excerpt from The Future is Here catalogue
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