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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