DATE: November 2009
AUTHOR: Tomasz Starczewski, Hristo Topchiev
ORGANIZATION: IAAC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
ADVISORS: Marta Malé-Alemany, Luis Fraguada, Cesar Cazares (Assistant)
Creating a modular panel as the element dividing the space was the aim of the project. A direct inspiration the project was a principle of disintegration of electric field lines by charges of different signs.
For the purpose of simulation of described principle a basic electric vector field solver plugin for Rhinoceros was used. The size determined the scope of acting field in the simulation, in which a composition of points with applied electric charges.
Electric charge is a fundamental property of matter appearing in an influence of electromagnetic bodies endowed with this charge. Bodies endowed with charge have an ability to generate the electromagnetic field and influences with this field. The influence of the charge with the electromagnetic field is determined by strength of Lorentz and is one of basic influences. The electric charge of the body can be positive or negative. Two charges of one sign are pushing off, and between a positive charge and negative attracting power is acting. The simulation generated by set of points with the graphics of the line is a base of the composition of the panel.
The two-dimensional layout was supplemented for the third dimension - depth, reflecting the distance from charges of field and border of panel. A preparation for the digital fabrication was a consecutive stage using the CNC milling machine through adapting lines system to the g-code path of the device and the type of the drill which had a direct influence on the final effect.
As material a standard MDF board about the thickness of 32 mm (which next stayed subjected to double-sided processing) was used. As a result local perforations came into existence in the form of holes, in places where the depth had the greatest value. Next the panel was subjected to industrial processing what granted him the specific shade and the texture. The composition of the panel is a recurrent system what allows to put it together in large amounts as the modular arrangement. He is allocated both as the standalone element, and as the element of interior equipment which can be hung up on the wall.