First sketches

Since the first meeting with my tutor I have been working with a concept for the pavilion based around the the main theme: darkness. One of my intentions has been to contain two sets of volumes, a big and dark theme space and several smaller bright spaces with various function, within the same wrapper. A surface with the dark volume on the inside and bright rooms in the spaces in-between the surface and the ground. The bright rooms will be lit from above through light shafts that cut through the interior dark space, connecting the two sides of the surface without interrupting it. These shafts will be more ore less shaped like tree trunks, creating an atmosphere of being deep inside a dark Swedish forest at night. I will need to investigate different possibilities of how to articulate this interior landscape, but my latest ideas circulates around the idea of a folded origami-like world with a set of larger trunks. This would of course also be reflected on the outside as they share the same surface. See below for an evolution of ideas:



My first intentions with this thesis project was to investigate and evaluate scripting methods within an architectural process while creating a pavilion for the world expo in Shanghai as a secondary goal. After discussing this idea with my tutor, we came to the conclusion that I will instead put my main focus on the pavilion, and to use scripting along the way as a tool to get there rather than as a mean in itself. By doing this I think that not only will the pavilion get the attention a project like this deserves but also that each scripting experiment will be more interesting as they will have more focus and an outspoken goal.

The theme for the pavilion will be something very Swedish: darkness. More to come about this soon as well as some first sketches.

// the Swedish expo 2010 page: www.expo2010.se/index.php/den-svenska-paviljongen-och-utstallningen/
// the official chinese page: en.expo2010china.com/

Learning Rhinoscript

While I wasn’t sure yet what the subject of my thesis project would be, I knew by the end of this spring that I would like it to include an element of scripting. With scripting I mean the incorporation of writing code which generate form and structure into the architectural process. So, the first thing to do in preparation for the thesis work was to learn a scripting language. Though I had a brief excursion into MEL-script I decided that I would stick with rhinoscript, mostly because it seemed a little bit easier to understand but also because of the amount of online rhinoscript resources.

These are a couple of images of my early rhinoscript experiments:

// a great summery of rhinoscript resources: rhinoscriptingresources.blogspot.com