For the first Digital Fabrication Studio at Washington University, we were taksed with collaboratively designing and constructing an installation in Givens Hall at the university. The final installation is 60 feet long and suspended over a grand staircase, with 160 individual tiles.
To conceive the design, the studio studied muquarnas in Islamic architecture, and adapted the principles to a design based on tiling patterns. As we experimented with milling molds, molding the tiles out of different plastics, and then connecting them together, we refined the design further. Being the first such studio at Washington University and using new equipment, we were constantly exporing the capabilities of the materials and various fabrication techniques, and the final installation reflects these experiments in both its details and its large-scale form.