Cellular Tessellation

This project started off our interest in designing panelised enclosure systems that deal with doubly-curved surfaces – a fairly universal topic in the domain of digital design, but one which is seldom investigated at the level of digital fabrication strategies which attempt to integrate structure and skin into single system

The pavilion was designed for the 2014 Vivid Light Festival, Sydney
A CNC mills Alucobond sheeting for the cell walls
Cells are made of Alucobond for the walls and HDPE plastic for the skin
Putting together the first set of cells
Structure completed and skin being applied
A few cells were skinned in acrylic to provide an opening
The opening frames the Sydney Opera House
As part of Vivid, the project was fit with 200 meters of strip LEDs.

The concept and design of the structure is the brainchild of professor Chris Knapp, Assistant Professor Johnathan Nelson and Master student Michael Parsons and Fabrications Laboratory Manager Nathan Freeman from the Bond University Abedian School of Architecture, who worked together with Byron-based consulting engineer, Phil Wallace.