POROSITY: Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2015Profile

by Tejas Sidnal, Nicolas Cabargas Mori & Marco Corazza, Directors of AA Visiting School Mumbai

Tuesday, 14 April 2015
Mumbai, India

 

Porosity, a 1:2 scale pavilion is part of the ongoing research for the AA Visiting School in Mumbai, which will take place in July 2015.

 

Section through the head region of the femur, the thighbone. Image credit: Biomimetics in Architecture: Architecture of Life and Buildings

Section through the head region of the femur, the thighbone.
Image credit: Biomimetics in Architecture: Architecture of Life and Buildings

The strategy for variable porosity in this pavilion takes inspiration from nature. It is evident in many aspects of nature including bone where in certain areas there is more material than required and less material in other areas where there aren’t as complex structural or functional needs. Bio-inspired logic was translated into the design of a pavilion in this installation. Such a dynamic spatial structure was developed using sophisticated computational tools and delivered with innovative 3d printing technology.

Details of the 3d-printed structure drawn and in-situ Drawing: AAVS Mumbai Image credit: Apoorva Madhavan

Details of the 3d-printed structure drawn and in-situ
Drawing: AAVS Mumbai
Image credit: Apoorva Madhavan

The idea of creating an enclosure with an installation that houses a maker’s space along with custom printing was intended to promote innovation and maker culture in India. Completely 3D printing an installation with small parts of ABS Plastic with interlocking forms, which in turn created one big piece was the strategy explored in this installation. The 3d printed parts allowed us to dictate the mass and weight of each part which was reduced gradually with height ensuring that the structure was in balance with an optimum amount of material and good strength and resilience.

 

A detail of one of the 3d-printed fragments that comprise Porosity.

A detail of one of the 3d-printed fragments that comprise Porosity

It took over 720 hours of printing on Two Flash Forge Pro 3d printers, and the result was then cut into 87 parts and joined to form one uniform piece. The Installation was designed by the AAVS Mumbai team with 3d-printing and sponsorship from Samarth Shah, the owner of Melting Mints.

 

The installation at Kala Ghoda Art 2015

The installation at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2015

For more information:

AAVS Mumbai: Biological Morphologies Programme Brief

AAVS Mumbai: Biological Morphologies Microsite

Apply to AAVS Mumbai (16-26 July 2015)

Porosity on 3dprint.com