Arktura’s Frameworks Cellular Structure is a dynamic leap forward in manufacturing and design capabilities. It paves the way for a multitude of design opportunities previously thought to be implausible in the retail world. Partnering with Gensler’s Dallas team, Arktura combined precision manufacturing and elegant design, to create a kiosk that engages its environment in powerfully innovative ways.
The structural ambitions of this project were to design and manufacture — through uniquely formed, planar surfaces — a self-supporting kiosk to be pre-fabricated off-site, shipped as a system and rapidly assembled. To achieve these goals, custom software was created, micron level tolerances were set, and the integration of the most advanced methods of manufacturing deployed. The overall shape of the kiosk is choreographed to enable retailers to complement their product exhibits, and also plays a key part in defining the architectural environment.
The 260 uniquely formed, sheet metal display shelves were laser-cut and sculpted on an 18-axis metal forming machine before being assembled with a total of 9,500 rivets through 14,000 points of alignment. At one end of the kiosk, shelves propagate — through double curvature created by only planar faces — to heights upwards of ten feet, giving the displays significant presence. The aperture varies to allow light through to accentuate the display areas. The wending form tapers off, organically providing for a point of sale location.
A seamless collaboration of groundbreaking design goals and manufacturing expertise was necessary and evident in the project’s success. The culmination of that collaboration, coupled with advanced manufacturing and technology, made it possible to achieve an architectural ambition that was once thought to be out of reach and cost prohibitive. In the end, Frameworks Cellular Structure enhances its environment not only as a retail kiosk, but also as a piece of functional art.