Options Studio Fall 2010
Washington University in St. Louis
Faculty: Kenneth Tracy
Exploring the idea of transferring traditional Indonesian hand crafts to an architectural scale, this project investigates the geometry of weaving in the Ketupat dumpling, a closed volume created by two woven coconut leaves that compacts rice grains as they absorb water during cooking. The dumpling influences the weaving-and-casting materiality of the building, and its weaving technique and resulting geometry serve as its primary formal constraint; each component of the building is a rectangular ruled surface that can be generated by weaving. In addition to surface patterning, the weaving produces a structural logic for shear walls and form work.