1. KNOW-HOW + OPPORTUNITY
By combining an intimate knowledge of building assemblies with the right tools (computational design and in-house fabrication), we create design opportunities that save time, money, and building materials while creating a compelling experience.
The terracotta façade of the @ChristusHealth Cancer Center involves just 2 components, but they produce a rich visual texture.
2. HOW DID WE DO IT?
Finding cost effective design opportunities begins by understanding how the pieces are fabricated. Our manufacturer @Shildan_tc helped us understand the process.
3. GENERATING VISUAL INTEREST
The pattern of the CSVRMC façade helps break down the scale of an unavoidably large wall, making it more engaging for visitors. Though it looks complex, its components are simple.
4. SUN + SAWTOOTH
Our design draws inspiration from the dramatic topography of Santa Fe. The façade combines alternating sawtooth profiles with raised “pinstripes” that run the height of the building at regular intervals. While the pinstripes establish a regular rhythm, we rotated the sawtooth profiles, so they shift light to dark and create a sense of movement behind the pinstripes.
To determine the exact scale and density of the sawtooth profiles, we used our in-house fabrication capacity to mill test panels in high density foam.
Translating the design idea into a buildable reality required us to determine how the panels would be distributed across the façade.
With over 3,000 panels, this would be time-consuming to do manually. So, we developed a parametric script that would generate different combinations within our 2D digital model.
We selected the façade’s surface, overlaid the grid of terracotta panels, then drew a curved line horizontally across the façade. The line provided a starting point for thinking about how the panels would stack, concentrating shadow and light. Playing with the line’s amplitude, allowed us to quickly alter the distribution.
We translated this into a color-coded map that accounted for the placement + rotation of each panel. The resulting map makes installation easier + provides a full inventory.