The form I’ve created is a marriage of beauty, structure and function. It uses three simple elements, in an aggregated fashion to produce a wide array of forms. These forms in turn, produce high amounts of shelter and shade at all times of the day, making this simple and beautiful form very useful and functional. As I conceive of it, it would be relatively easy to fabricate many times over, and would at the same time allow enough variation to make each shelter unique and location specific.
System Components defines the fundamental characteristics that make up the shade structure. There are 3 basic elements illustrated here:
1. The “blade”, which is the fundamental unit establishing the articulation and form of the shade structure;
2. The rotational structure (spine) conceived of as a hollow steel tube, which supports and structurally binds the rotating blades together.
3. The foundational elements that anchor key points of the structure to the ground.
Also found here elements comprising the blade. These elements are the structural blade (the primary rotating element), a cover to the blade, and an optional photovoltaic panel.
The purpose of the cover is to protect and shade the blade structure from the hot sun, give an aesthetic appeal, and allow for another level of customization. These covers may be made out of a wide range of materials ranging from wood, or composite, to reinforced ceramic, thin set cement, and even soil. It is also easily removable allowing any broken or damaged covers to be repaired or replaced.
Please note that the structure itself, although conceived of as a protected steel for the purposes of strength and resilience to graffiti and damage, can conceivably made of many other materials including bamboo, and wood.
Image 3 – Blade Structure
Blade Structure explains the workings of the fundamental “blade” structure. The diagram to the right illustrates the mechanisms which allow for blade installation and removal. The blade clamps to the spine with a bolted releasable ring at the center of the blade. On this ring there are two holes, through which a lock pin is driven. This effectively locks the rotation between blades, structurally links each blade together, and solidifies the general form and structure.
Blade Variations illustrates the many basic variations that can be made within the shape and structure of the blades, in both plan and section. Illustrated here is the spectrum between simple structure and form, and more complex and graceful. Essentially the idea is to show that there is a great deal of variability, and infinite possibilities within the articulation of form. They could be plane wings, or sculptures, or very basic and pleasing forms.
Form Variations illustrates the same idea as the previous slide. However, it describes the general articulation of the structural form. The form can be varied adding spines, rotating spines, varying blades size and shape, and any other imaginable assortment of form variation. This slide also illustrates once again that with this system the structures are variable in infinite in form.
Shading Diagram illustrates the shading qualities of the most basic structure. Here its effectiveness is shown on a summer day oriented in both the north-south, and east-west directions, at the times of morning, noon, and night. This slide illustrates how effective this form is in producing and casting shade at all times of the day.
Park Shelter illustrates these structures articulated and aggregated on a more massive scale. The purpose is that of general park structure, allowing for many large gatherings, art walks etc…, and an overall definition of the park space around it. Although its primary purpose is the provision of shade, it becomes, as well, a large architectural piece in the park.
Park Shelter – From Above
Park Shelter – From Above Illustrates living and growing shade can be incorporated within the park structure. At each moment where the structure opens a plant could grow up through the opening, making the structure all the more interesting and connected with its surroundings.
Bus Shelter illustrates a more pragmatic use of the same element of form; the bus shelter. Here the structure has been asymmetrically modified allowing the rotation to have more habitable space underneath. Its vertical elements morph quickly into the horizontal shade-producing elements, creating a beautiful and twisting aesthetic. The bench itself is also a blade element. Please note the newly articulated blade form.