The goal of this project was to create a pavilion structure that will be used as sun and rain protection. Before building the actual structure, student designers working on the project created a scale model of the project out of plywood, developed an element tagging system to aid construction, and tested for resistance and other requirements.
Designers used MicroStation to generate three B-spline surfaces that form the geometry of the pavilion. Based on these surfaces, designers generated a point cloud using MicroStation's VBA. They generated a model based on dynamic relaxation algorithms, taking care to determine the optimal position of construction nodes and topology. This model was exported to GenerativeComponents for further geometry generation. Designers modeled final geometry and its construction, and students constructed the model using a tag-based construction system.
The entire design was constructed in less than six hours, thanks to the tag-based system of construction identification and tags supported by GenerativeComponents. The order of the cutting of pieces was not significant, as the tags indicated their correct placement. The completed prototype of the pavilion helped designers verify previous assumptions about the construction system and test the design for resistance.
A key challenge for the design team was the ordering of all design elements for construction. Using GenerativeComponents, designers placed identification tags on all items for efficient and proper construction of all elements. It also helped ensure proper placement of beams and nodes on wood sheets during the cutting process, which reduced material consumption, as well as construction cost and time. The software also afforded designers great flexibility and speed when making design modifications. The project proved that GenerativeComponents can be a powerful digital design tool.