The team – Sheena Olimpo, Ivan Rodriguez, Yuna Kubota and David Vuong are authors of composite wall system – horizontal fabric forming inspired by Japanese clothing patterns and fatness. The studio at University of California of Los Angeles, led by professor Hadrian Predock, aimed to to investigate a composite wall system of focused material and fabrication process through formulation of a half scale mock-up. As a group of four, they explored an intelligent concrete wall system of horizontal draping fabric forming method.
The concrete panels were designed in a way to maximize the unique characteristics of the fabric form concrete and it included flexibility and softness of fabric, opposing to the permanence and hardness of concrete, varieties in the elasticity and permeability of different fabric types, and re-usability of form work.
The team composed prefabricated interior and exterior panels as rain-screen system. The structural performance was integrated in the vertical interior panels as embedded columns to hold exterior panels, instead of depending on the steel frame as the generally accepted approach for the concrete panel wall system.
Their experimental process was mainly focused on different types of fabric, proportion of cement mix ingredients, sewing patterns of fabrics, and configuration of rigid jigs as well as the reinforcement and attachment systems. Plastic was used for the representation of the top half of the mock-up to ease the immense weight construction task by heat draping the plastic on the same jig frames. The final mock up resulted in a 8′ ft. tall by 4′ wide, half scale model, weighing over 800 lbs.
To commemorate the 9th Annual Skyscraper Competition, eVolo is publishing the Limited Edition Book "eVolo Skyscrapers 2" which is the follow-up to its highly acclaimed book “eVolo Skyscrapers”. The 628-page book examines 150 projects received during the last years of the competition. Only 1000 copies are available worldwide.