The Octahedron grew out of an interest in sharing with the Seattle community our explorations into the expanding role of computation in architectural design. It is an inhabitable object that invites interaction while piquing participants’ curiosity about the process of making.
Only 9 unique parts are used in the structure, but there are over 2000 pieces. All parts are held together with friction only. Imagine traditional timber framing meets Buckminster Fuller.
The pavilion is clad with over 400 triangular panels. The inner face was the canvas for 54 sets of CNC cut patterns generated as part of a technology training exercise. The outer face was a canvas for the community to transform the appearance of the Octahedron with chalk over the course of the Seattle Design Festival. The Octahedron was later completely covered in chalked and used as a projection surface, transforming the exterior into an animated surface of patterns.