Urban Quotient

Facade Panels Prototyping

Design Study - 2011
for the 2142 Amsterdam Project
with Milgo Bufkin

- +
photo

photo

photo

photo

photo

photo

photo

photo

photo

photo

For our project in Washington Heights, we have been working on developing facade panels as part of a window assembly with Milgo Bufkin. The design for the panels came about through our interest in ocean sponges and the study of water flow and filtration that is a key concept for the overall building design. Using the Processing software, we began to model a cellular structure and its reaction to water flow. From there, the two-dimensional abstractions created through the algorithmic process were used to test different pattern structures and light and shadow effects. The first acrylic mock-up is a two panel system within a frame, each panel held slightly apart to maximize the shadow effect created by layering.  We recently had a full-size prototype in stainless steel made my Milgo Bufkin. Eventually, we will use this prototype to consult with our window manufacturers and hope to have 88 total panels fabricated, which will make 44 frames varying in their configuration throughout the facade.