Harvard GSD Design Discovery
Gravity is a possible but not necessary factor to consider at the starting point for the design of every structure and object we live or use. What if we put aside this assumption and start to shape a space that can walk from any angle? Escher’s lithograph print Relativity presents a space that the laws of gravity do not apply: people walk the stairways that are being angled to each other, walls are being orthogonal to each other.
By extracting the composition of orthographic drawings and reconstruct it with a system, this project study generates an architecture prototype that frees from gravitational constraints. People can circulate through the architecture from six directions, and each circulation forms space or ramp when being angled with another.
The project starts with three sets of orthographic drawings with different scale to document of three different size objects. They analyzed the form and geometry of the objects. In the representation of drawings, circles and lines are used to deconstruct the proportion and composition of each object.
A grid system is employed to simplify the profile when translating the drawings to 3-dimensional models. When the gridded plane is cut-and-fold, the folded part creates a certain device, and the cut part becomes an opening.