This project began with students seeking to produce a full-scale flat-packable structure by coupling reclaimed laminate sheet material and advanced digital fabrication techniques. Designed as urban installations initially for the Melbourne State of Design Festival, and then to be a part of the London Festival of Architecture, the work explores systems of digital unfolding and physical refolding, while keeping within the constraints of international shipping logistics such as weight to- volume efficiencies and time-to-cost ratios.
The ‘Sliceform’ urban chaise lounge began by creating ‘waffle grid’: segments of flat laminate slotted together at intervals to provide structural integrity as well as allowing the lounge to fold in on itself and therefore be flat packed. Scripting using Grasshopper made the fabrication process possible, and an in depth assembly process was designed to provide even more structural stability preventing thin sections where the brittle laminate might crack or snap, as well as affording a higher comfort level with a tighter surface grid.
This project was not only involved in the Melbourne State of Design 2009 and the London Festival of Architecture 2009, but then went on to be exhibited at both the Shanghai and Beijing Biennales in 2010 and finally was part of an international publication by UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) titled Studioplex.