Phase 3 of the Capiton research was geared toward fabrication. Our goal was to make at least some samples and even better an installation. We had found several directions to explore and take advantage of. We needed to finalize the development of the scripts, the simulation and converge on one or two propositions of installation that would be in line with a glass production, mold machining …ect in short get real.
Eddies was presented at the Salon Révélation 2015 in the “Grand Palais” Paris
A quick survey of realized “formed glass” projects shows a wide range of scale of deformation. Depending of the amplitude, the perception of and through the glass varies quite of lot; not only the appearance but also what I call the side effects such as caustics or distortion.
Capiton 2 is the continuation of the work started in Capiton 1. With Minh Man Nguyen assisted by Ludovic Haensen, we decided to pursue the research in a more systematic way. This time we wanted to address the question of scale, to establish a better understanding of influence of the surface deviation of Glass pane on transparency. This work was done in 2009.
Gigantic, borderless, inflated, oversized, when dealing with space in Science Fiction movies, it is difficult not to flirt with the notion of infinity or astronomical scales … Science Fiction movies don’t like to play small. they often take place in the outer region of the cosmos, where the notion of scale is lost or out of range of common understanding.
Abstract. Caustics are captivating light patterns created by materials bundling or diverting light by refraction or reflection. Read more
There are many attempts to simulate a endless space, particularly in science fiction movies. It is the subject of the post “endless”, where some examples are shown among which some are very convincing and profound. I have gathered them along the way, trying to find my own answer which I have not quite convinced to have found. This post presents one of these attempts.
These pictures are close up of a mundane glass vase. It shows how the use of glass could be if one would think of it differently, even in the building industry. The potential is here, glass as water. Read more
As described in the post ‘endless” There is not many ways to simulate endlessness. It relies on an artificial means, this hart of the struggle to try to avoid to feels fake. Mirrors should work if one can make then really flat, which is not that easy to realize in reality, but mirrors are easy to simulate digitally.
This serie was taken in Majorque at night during full moon in august 2013. The light pattern over water during full moon is a quite caracteristic pattern Read more
As many, I have a passion for the work of Mies van der Rohe. It is mixed feeling of boredom and fascination for its underlying purity, minimalism and abstraction. I don’t really assume it and this project is some kind of stupid exercise of exorcism, playing with some of his architectural paradigms and opposite.
This post is a summary of a paper written with Mathieu Huard and Micheal Eigensatz from Evolute presented at AAG 2014 at UCL in london. Both of them were at the origin of the optimization idea and invited me to play with their new toy. The post will present mostly the second part of the article which I was mostly involved with , using some extract from the article itself. Read more
Shading in buildings has become an unavoidable topic. On one side, light is needed and looked for and buildings tend to be as open as possible, meaning as transparent. On the other side using too much glass implies some potential heat gains that are too costly to deal with in the summer, whereas in the winter they are welcome… Read more
This post is a follow up of the post Shading and Light grid, presenting the fabrication of model of the light grid system. The images are extracted from a paper presented at the Design Modelling Symposium Berlin 2013. Read more
This serie is before all the fruit of faith, the discovery of a white shadow coming from a piece of mirror paper in a trash filled with sunlight.Theses white shadows or « Light explosions » according to Bernardo Zavattini were in fact some caustics, Read more
“When the computer crashed and wrote gibberish into the bitmap, the result was something that looked vaguely like static on a broken television set—a ‘snow crash’ “. Read more
Philip Ball relate in his book Flow, the fascination of Leonardo da Vinci with vortex. After him very few representation of water can be seen in the art world, apart may be, Turner and the impressionist especially Monet, who were more focused onto other aspects of water than just its movement, the reflection on the surface of water. Read more
It is easier to write about an attraction to “moving reflections on the surface of water” than about an attraction to herbs, barren trees and ground. Read more
In 212 BC during the siege of Syracuse, Archimedes is known to have constructed a “burning glass” to set the Roman warships afire. An array of reflective surfaces (mirror or reflective shield) was orientated toward one focal point concentrating enough energy so set the enemy boats on fire, ei a Death ray. Read more
The constitution of the canopy by a superposition of structure, of glass with an random spread of ceramic frit line pattern and of the fine layer of water in order to create a space , highly dynamic, variable, intense, fluid, instable. The video below was made from a model Read more
Light filtered through multiple layers of leaves, gradual shading, soft lighting, translucency. The ultimate light filter, slightly moving with the wind. Read more
The ceiling is transparent or translucent, cover by a fine layer of water. The surface of the water is moving due a light breeze. Read more
I am particularly attracted by the pictures created with very structured surroundings, such as contemporary building with balconies, metallic handrails, glass windows. Read more
This room is directly coming from the Light explosion photographic serie which was done during summer 1996 to summer 1998. How to make the light explosion appears at the scale of a room ? Read more
Winter or early spring ,the leaves are still gone on the bushes and trees.
The sky is white or clear blue.
Everything is greyish, letting just the branches appears as lines with an amazing density in a totally saturated field. Read more
Constellations are fascinating, the repartition of stars that one can see on clear night sky or on Hubbles pictures as an inspiration. Read more
Earlier this year, I started a serie of pictures of the surface of water of the canal Saint Martin in Paris. I was looking for wave patterns to inspire some glass design,something quite specific about the various ripples on the water surface under different wind conditions. Particularly when a fast wind gust superimpose itself with small ripples over bigger ripples pattern Read more
Vegetation is rather still but is often shape by the wind.
The project is a large underground void with a portion of roof emerging from the ground, a shell-like structure, segmented in elements, strips or panels, separated by large open joints. Read more
This section present several versions of a project which is set in a desert area where shade is rewarded. How to reproduce with a renew interest the typical shading Read more
This is a variation of the Constellation Panel. The same panel is used as a roof. Above this panel there is a glass plan which can contain a thin layer of water. When a slightly wind ,activate the surface of the water, creating some ripples , the projection of light move accordingly. Read more
The bank of the Otagawa river going through Hiroshima has these ” trees “which are flooded during the rainy season and on dry ground the rest of the year. They seam to be wearing some of clothing made of dirt, herb, plastics , like some lonesome monsters Read more
Light is not a subject , it is a none subject since it is omnipresent, ineluctable, necessary. But when does it become a medium? Read more
Natural lighting has proved to be one of the most ancient ways of harnessing the energy of the sun. Nowadays its role has evolved to become an almost secondary architectural asset. Natural light is under control. Read more
The pictures were mostly taken with sun light, although a few were taken with parallel artificial light. They are all reflective caustics, using mirror paper with a texture. The texture were produced in a somewhat random way and then tested with light, back and fourth. Read more
This serie titled “Light Shredder” is composed of 3 projects which present some slight variation in the making of the main filter. A new version is currently under development. Read more
This project is called the “Love Shack”, it is a small one bedroom house. Read more
This project has been developed to illustrate different potential use of caustics in a building. These illustrations were part of an article co-authored by Thomas Kiser, Michael Eigensatz, Minh Nguyen and Mark Pauly titled “architectural caustics” Read more