SXSW by Austin school of Architecture 

Created as an exhibition space for the winner and prototypes for the TEX-FAB 2013 SKIN competition, the 11 foot high steel vault has become a sculpture in its own right. Designed by Kory Bieg’s UT,  Austin School of Architecture design build studio, the piece was conceived as a completion among students and eventually took form as an amalgamation of their ideas. Designed to be enclosed in a room, the vault- wall interface design became an important parameter along with digital fabrication and the SKIN competition itself.

Courtesy of  Austin school of Architecrure students

Courtesy of Austin school of Architecrure students

Consisting of a central vault flanked by two cantilevered arms and another cascading vault, the structure follows a diamond pattern with three layers of overlap. Using metal as primary material, the vault has a primary system forming its seams.

Courtesy of  Austin school of Architecrure students

Courtesy of Austin school of Architecrure students

This is connected by a secondary system and a tertiary system adds rigidity by creating cells. Easy to assemble, the structure does not require any fasteners and is completely free standing, devoid of any support with no attachments to ground or adjoining rooms despite unsymmetrical nature. High stabilty without coprimise on aesthtics, the design utilizes aggregation, weaving and stacking and hence becomes a study of 3D translation of 2D forms.

By Akansha Gupta

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