This project explores the use of lightweight composite façade panels for the extension of the Asian Art Museum. We investigated how advanced digital technologies such as parametric modeling and digital fabrication can be leveraged to facilitate the design of a geometrically complex building skins. The skin is a comprehensive enclosure system of fiberglass composite with a sandwich of insulation.
The facade system is broken down into three different categories; assembly, component, and unit, that work together with the structure. The units are the smallest cells, which are based on light requirements and hold individual glazing units. These units are massed together to form components, manufactured off site and shipped ready for installation. The groups of components are then assembled on site and installed onto the structural members that follow the base cellular mapping on both the roof and the walls, ultimately comprising the assembly.
Collaboration with Bret Walters