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Iman Fayyad

Tropicone

The helical shape creates an enclosed, radial space underneath the surface/canopy for guests to gather around. A circular bench lifts up above the ground to enclose the space in which the exhibition can take place. The space is composed of two developable surfaces (peeling cones), defined parametrically and algebraically to facilitate fabrication techniques by making all structural members coplanar. This allows the use of traditional building materials with minor adjustments for the creation of lap joints at points of intersection of structural members. The developable surface has the added benefit of utilizing flat sheet material, by either bending plywood sheets or cutting identical, quadrilateral panels. The lower surface is clad with planar plywood panels (or alternatively, bent plywood) that are continuous with the decking plane that can be used for seating or reclining. The upper surface (inverted peeling cone) is mostly structural, and is clad with a modest fabric canopy at the top for additional shading. The two intersecting surfaces (one implicit and the other explicit) share structural members (embedded in the lower surface, exposed in the upper surface).

About The Designer

Iman Fayyad is an M.Arch candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.