All posts tagged Patterning
The mockup for the Lobby Feature Wall of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is under construction. This post shares some images and a bit about the process that got us to this point.
One of our projects is a finalist in the 2013 Architizer A+ Awards categories of Architecture+Fabrication, Architecture+Modeling, and Architecture+Sound. Vote Now.
An area of pattern exploration on the TCPA is the face of the hall into the main lobby. This is a tall space and the wall has a strong presence so we wanted to create a surface that was visually compelling and intricate without distracting from the spectacle of the surrounding social activity. It was a fairly complex design study and in this post we’ll explain how we laid the panels out on the surface.
LMN’s transformation of the San Antonio Public Auditorium into the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts required the old theater and stage house to be removed and replaced with a contemporary theater and back-of-house areas. The concept for cladding this addition was to wrap all of the new construction in what appeared to be a simple, delicate surface whose appearance would constantly change in different lighting conditions.
While the concept was simple, the actual system was fairly complex. Luckily, even though the system was complex it was not complicated. Here’s what we did…
Since 2009, LMN has been working on the design of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts (previously San Antonio’s Municipal Auditorium), which is getting ready to move into construction. In the coming weeks we’ll be publishing a series of posts unpacking some of the pieces of the project that LMNts was involved with. This introduction post will provide some information about the project’s background and context.
A few of us in the office (kbeck, scrawford, svandyck) put together an entry for the partition category of this year’s ACADIA/FLATCUT competition. We made it into the group of finalists (despite formatting our boards incorrectly), but unfortunately we were not selected as the winner (probably because we formatted our boards incorrectly, only kidding). The competition put forth an interesting challenge: use both rigid and flexible sheet materials to create an assembly (light, furniture, or partition) that highlights the properties of each material while minimizing the amount of waste. Included are the images and text from our submission as well as the final boards.
The ambitious schedule of the Cleveland Med Mart project required us to reexamine and retool some of the ways we design, document, and deliver a project. As the leaders of the design effort, we knew that we would need to find and build smart connections between our generative design tools and our documentation process in order to not only meet deadlines, but also adapt to the parameters that were developing throughout the design-assist process. This post outlines our linking of Grasshopper and Revit – through a custom utility called Cricket …
While studying the overall configuration of the Medical Mart facade, we were also developing textural concepts for the surface of the precast concrete panels. We were interested in using the surface texture of the precast concrete panels to build increasing layers of detail to what will be a very large scale facade. With very little time to execute the study and produce a constructable solution, we knew we needed to develop a faster way of generating ideas. Our working process developed rapidly into a focused study of rectangular surface forms.
From the beginning of our design work on the facade system for the Cleveland Med Mart, we desired to develop a system that would give the building multiple layers of varied, unifying texture, legible from multiple scales. Initial explorations of this concept focused on the textural capacities of precast concrete panels and later move on to studying the process for panelizing the entire facade with precast and glazing units. Parametric modeling allowed us to explore many iterations of the facade while also keeping control of the information needed for fabrication.