This project for Flexible Hybrid Structures was designed to help solve the current greenhouse shading system’s persistent failure due to mechanical stress. Using wood veneer, laser-cut acrylic, and 3D-printed triangles, our design team engineered a hygroscopic, humidity-activated system for shading tropical plants in Northern California. When the veneer is waterlogged, the wood fibers expand and cause a curling effect, opening apertures on the facade of the greenhouse. Conversely, the panels flatten and close as they dry, which shades the plants from the harsh afternoon sun.
For Architecture Studio we were tasked with designing and building a paper massing model of a building originally drafted by a specific architect. Designed by Toyo Ito, the U-house was first constructed in Japan in 1976. My rendition shows the void space in the original house as mass, putting the emphasis on the spaciality of the house's construction.
This final project for Architecture 11B utilized the massing model pieces from the U-House, re-orienting them to create an entirely new form. I then was able to hollow out the massing and draft a series of plans, sections, renderings as well as a model from the original pieces.