Variable Vacuum Forming
Hexwall was developed as part of a small renovation project for a residence in Buffalo, NY. The client asked for help retrofitting a bathroom space. After several conversations with the client, it became clear that many of the ancillary programmatic requirements of the space were going to be located on the room’s lone free wall. The design team proposed a contextually sensitive flexible wall surface capable of addressing multiple requirements within its section. The project marked our first endeavor into variable mold making. While the results were promising, we found a great deal of predictability in the outcome.
The wall is first propagated with a generic hexagonal pattern. To determine where the wall should protrude or recede, issues like daylight, door swing, and body position are mapped on the wall. All contribute degrees of influence. Throughout the development of the final panels, significant trial and error was required to establish a forming methodology that was clean, precise, and well crafted. Numerous failed attempts at a clean draw informed the production of VarVac Wall.
2014 R&D Award, Architect Magazine
2014 Runner-Up, Environments, Core77