Vertebrae

February 20, 2010
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Digitally-fabricated Corian bench

Vertebrae is a kit of parts that allows the construction of multi-scale objects that modify the spaces they inhabit. This piece, while sculptural in form, proposes areas to rest and sit while defining separate spaces within a room. The segments of Vertebrae are constructed of Dupont Corian Illumination Series, with embedded lights; creating a soft diffuse glow that appears to emanate from within.

Designed by B+H Architects, the form of Vertebrae was derived using 3D digital tools in an iterative process that allowed successive studies of various forms. The primary tool was a lofting program that generated forms from just a few “stations.” These stations became ergonomic target points to create the desired functionality and aesthetic quality in an otherwise amorphous form. The end shapes were generated by taking snapshots of an animation of the shapes morphing along a trajectory. These resulting segments were fed directly into the software for 3-axis milling machine fabrication. Each shape was attached to the next using a flexible joint creating the curvaceous, segmented form.

Contact: B+H Architects, Toronto, ON, Canada.

For more information, see Transmaterial 3: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine our Physical Environment

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