New Media School project was successful project in a way that the conceptual diagram leads to the spacial configuration as well as structural system. By distributing the network cables into the structure, the building bigger possibilities to make its function to next generation of building system.
We also proposed to use this New Media School to be a key project for the Halifax area re-development that expands school activities to the outside of school.
Our goal for this idea competition was not only to propose just the digital image of complex architecture, but also to include actual construction methods as part of potential project. We used unfolding algorithm to flatten the polygon meshes to acquire enough data to construct physical models.
There is the web presentation of the New Media School that we submitted the ACADIA competition as well as FEIDAD Award from HERE.
Project: ACADIA FEIDAD Award winning project New Media School
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New Media School project was developed for the ACADIA 2007 competition: Expanding bodies. It was the idea competition for designing a school that carries capacity for the media arts, such as New Cinema, Gaming, Animation, Media Theory, as well as Human Performance and New Media in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Our initial approach to this project was to understand the composition space for the institutions in different era in a history and apply new structure for the school in digital age.
What made us most interest was the network diagram by Paul Baran. The diagram is representing different types of network system by using exactly same points cloud and showing how to expand capacity of network bigger. By comparing these school typologies and point cloud diagram, the idea of using distributed network system for this New Media School came across to us.
To establish the distributed network system as a building system, we applied “Voronoi” diagram in 3D. It creates a unique structural system which could be seen in inside of our bone. The structural system holds not only the integrity, but also network cables within it so that the entire building system works as one network.