OSWALL (version 2.0)

In this second permutation of the OSWall system,  the framing and bracket system is carefully developed so that it now accommodates a wider range of framing elements - from 2" x 4" lumber, to cylindrical bamboo rods, to aluminum, PVC, or cast iron tubing. This version of the wall also was constructed at full scale for an exhibition at the Pratt Gallery in Manhattan called "Envelop{e}s," curated by Associate Professor Christopher Hight, from Rice University.


OSWALL (version 1.0)

Oswall (Open Source Wall) is an experimental wall prototype that challenges conventional residential wall construction through an open, collaborative approach to material, fabrication, and installation methods. It proposes an “open source” construction platform in which third-party designers, engineers, scientists, or “do-it-yourselfers” can create, produce, market, and sell “applications” that are plugged into the wall. 



Our modular wall system investigation continued with the development of Cloak Wall / Cloak House. It was developed as part of “Here by Design III”, an exhibit  centered on alternative fabrication techniques and prototyping across multiple design fields. We used the opportunity to continue our collaboration with a team of designers, fabricators, and engineers to pursue ideas and questions left open by Drape Wall.



We developed drapeWALL for the traveling HOMEhouse Project, which arrived at the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum in January of 2006. The Weisman asked several Twin Cities architects, who were part of the original exhibit, to supplement the flat work in the show with 3-dimensional models and protoypes. DrapeWall is the third step in a lineage of projects starting with Draft House, which later evolved into Pore House.


drift_icon_final_color2.jpgDRIFT HOUSE

Drift House is a temporary homeless shelter sited in an existing building in the “Bowery” neighborhood of Manhattan. It is an environment that grows, shrinks, shifts, and adapts according to the living requirements of its inhabitants. A series of incremental changes in size and shape allow it to gradually fluctuate, or “drift”, from one state to another. The unit’s primary drifting component is a large sliding aluminum shell along its front elevation. When “open”, the unit expands. When “closed”, the unit collapses, shifting its volume outside the unit to a public “porch” space.