CONTINUUM

SPAN | FIRST-YEAR STUDIO

Carnegie Mellon University | School of Architecture

Instructor Kai Gutschow | Professors David Celento, Nicholas Liadis and Talia Perry | Spring 2016

Project : SPAN

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

In Collaboration with Rachel Park

Compiled documentation of Continuum         .

This project is to design and build a full-scale, furniture-sized wood structure spanning 48" between two supports that can carry substantial loads. It calls for inventive and elegant joining of multiple wood elements with creative and tectonic expression that is efficient and structurally stable. The maximum amount of wood is 8 board feet of poplar wood.

Initially, we tried various designs and decided to focus on how triangles can span across. We designed a continuous form using triangles that looks like loops of triangular spring. We used dowels, long connecting pieces, and cross inter-connection as connecting joints.

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Process

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Shop Drawings

Final Product