Liminal Architecture

  •  [ Liminal Architecture ]


  • 1: Fall
  • An 8.5 X 11 piece of paper was manipulated to orchestrate a fall from various heights. The fall generates matrices of data to be translated to meaningful information - architecture. 
  • Shuttle Variation 1: 
    Two folded regions tensioned about the opposing points with thread. 
  • These full scale constructions move through issues of bisected regions which oppose each other on a 40 degree tilt. The central node of connection between the outer members became a priority, delegating the motion of the shuttle.  Early models moved between paper laminated over a bent wood frame. The  final shuttle demonstrated a light frame composed of piano wire connected with vinyl tube  
  • The Final Shuttle;  
    Four creased paper fins laminated over a piano wire frame, centered about a node.
  • Orthographic mapping of the shuttle's fall and  behaviors 
  • Porosity is a key element of the shuttle. The space between the fins allows air to move through generating a rotation. The two opposing fins move the rotational axis in the fall space creating another super-rotation.
  • Animated mappings of fall path.
  • Tracking the fall through physical processes allows for a transference to digital interfaces to further extract data unseen in the physical world. 
  • The interior node and exterior fins can be traced to produce the contour of the fall.
  • Vector angles extended from the edges of the shuttle 
  • Accumulation of vectors extended from the 8 fins and 2 edges. 
  • From the vector analysis the digital can be retranslated to the physical by manually mapping the angles of the fall to locate the  space shuttle's fall would consume if it existed as a continuous volume. 
  • 2: Architecture
    Introduction of site and program 



    Design a home for a crafter of shuttles 
    The space should include :
    + Living
    + Dining
    + Restroom
    + Studio space 
    + A space to drop the shuttle 
    + A space to observe the shuttle's fall
    + A  public gallery to observe the craft  of shuttle construction.



  • After a detailed analysis of the shuttle's fall path it became obvious that the fall path of the shuttle was not completely predictable, therefore a drop zone must be synthesized that can compensate for the irregularities in the fall, by arranging multiple fall paths around a circle a zone of best fit is constructed where all possible falls can be executed.  
  • The nature of the program is a direct reflection of the linage of a maker's practice. Therefore circulation within the building should reflect this lineage, the highest space within the building is dedicated to living space for the shuttle maker, down an incline the studio melts into the gallery space, evoking the chronological connection between the space where the object is made and eventually displayed. 
  • Porosity studies of shuttle's structure 
    The requirements of the program also poses issues of public and private space, best realized as an exhibition to the shuttle makers complete processes of making the public and private divisions should be porous, evoking qualities of the shuttle with varying degrees of public use and privacy. 
  • program privacy diagram 
    4-public
    3- public access at select times 
    2- public sight, no access
    1-private 

                The first level of the building is dedicated to a low observation deck rising up to a main gallery where  shuttles are displayed. The next level in the building houses a public studio space where visitors can engage with the act of making, or public engagement events can be hosted. Tilted slightly above the public studio space the shuttle makers private studio is able to be seen by the public but not accessed, providing a transparency to the shuttle makers craft from generation to gallery presentation.
  • Collecting data from the shuttles' fall angles I composed a net of vectors which provided the matrix for the structure and program of the building.
  • Forms molded in plaster demonstrating the angles of the shuttle fall. 
  • The forms articulated in plaster became floor slabs and structure within the building.