Extremely Heavy and Incredibly Light

Performative Assemblies in Dynamic Environments
Master Thesis Projects at Staedelschule Architecture Class – Architecture and Performative Design

The body of design-research on assemblies addresses performance driven differentiation and part-to-whole relationships. It is framed by investigating two very different systems. Firstly, Topological Interlocking Assemblies, assemblies of solid parts where the structural integrity of the overall relies on each element being kinematically constraint by its neighbours. In the most narrow definition these parts are topologically identical and of convex shape, thus ruling out any mechanical jointing detail. Secondly, Bell Kites, similar in topology but fundamentally different in performance these kites are made of clusters of tetrahedrons. Compared to the first system these structures are super light and their performance is dominantly driven by wind force rather than gravity.


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