Void space is a research-based initiative to create site-specific responses that address two very specific designs questions:  How do you create a floating shade device with no explicit structural interfaces at adjacent walls or the ground?  And secondarily, how do you to create a specific site design insertion that is constantly influenced by the environment, users, and other elements that define its context.

As a result of the Void, Pavilion is a collaborative design party between the students and faculty at the Woodbury School of Architecture.  The project explores the idea of optimization in form finding by testing the potential quality of materials when defining a monolithic structural surface. Working with aggregated stripes of aluminum, VOID SPACE offers a complex surface that is minimal in its aggregate.  The surface creates a dialogue with the ground, however without touching it. Triangular dashed patterns were folded then attached to form a double curvature surface which takes its shape from its relaxed condition under the force of gravity. The structural performance of the hanging surface is primarily defined through its interaction with tension forces. 


PROJECT ADVISER: Mahdi Alibakhshian                                                                                                               Students: Mohamed Noamani - Eryanne Edgerley - Enrique Genovez - Eric Eaken- Jennifer Partlow                 Structure: Hooman Nastarin Nast Enterprises                                                                                                       Consultants: Matthew Corbitt - Oscar Corletto - Nathaniel Hadley - Yasushi Ishida - Reza Zia                         Photography: Gerard Smulevich - Mahdi Alibakhshian