3.1_Gelpi’s Unflat Pavillion [module prototypes]


The Unflat Pavillion is made out of plywood modules which exterior and interior skins are cut out to be made into structural elements. In the group we were paired up to work in four different teams; each investigated the different ways of connecting the skin onto the frame utilising various ply-grades [grade A (marine grade) – grade D]. These were milled using the ShopBot CNC at 14000 rpm with step over of 3, and plunge rate of 1.


The study below looks into the two highly favoured ways (staggered joint and butted joint) of aggregating the modules into the pavillion.

4.196 Special Problems in Architectural Design Complete Fabrications Nick Gelpi Mon-Fri, Jan 5-7, 10-11, 13-14, 18, 20-21, 24-25, 27-28, 01-04:00pm, 3-402/7-432studio, 1st mtg Wed 1/5 Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class. No listeners Prereq: Permission of instructor ; Yr-1 MArch students who have completed 4.123 only Level: H 9 units Standard A - F Grading Can be repeated for credit Lab Fee: 150 A comprehensive introduction to methods of “making” explored through a wide range of brief but focused exercises. Skills = developing complex geometries from flat components; fine-tuning press fit construction, molding and casting, and making repeatable molds for customization. A two-part workshop, the first half will contextualize contemporary tools and techniques within the trajectories of historical case studies of building, combined with hands on familiarization of tools. The second half will implement the tools of our workshop in the context of Design. Working on group design build process for three MIT 150 FAST installations, students will test and influencing designs through the instrumentality of production. These hands-on design build projects are intended to produce reciprocity between skills and design, making more complete the problems of fabrication. Subject limited to year-one MArch students who have completed core-1 studio. Contact: Nick Gelpi, 9-224, 253-9415, -


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