This was a study model with a primary goal of familiarizing myself with the material characteristics of carbon fiber tow, and a secondary goal of testing the feasibility of suspended fabrication. Seven pieces of curved rebar were suspended in a 2-3-2 configuration. Patterning within this configuration was established with straight runs of carbon fiber tow setting up curved runs of tow to create areas of cross-hatching and convergence. Resin and polycrylic was used to harden the carbon fiber. The result is a perfectly balanced carbon fiber cage with enough stiffness to support the rebar and hold its shape.
Status: School Project
Location: SCI-Arc ESTm Studio - Summer 2012
Additional Credits: In collaboration with Peter Vikar
Studio Instructor: Marcelo Spina