Carbon Fiber Structures / NY, Sydney
MODU, University of Technology Sydney
2015 - 2016

Flexing Structure Model (2016)


MODU has conducted design research of carbon fiber structures for several years. The research explores the idea of a “flexing structure,” which creates structures that react to—rather than resist—the forces of wind. Carbon fiber is as an advanced structural material. While traditional structural systems are designed to be “hard” enough to resist dynamic wind forces, carbon fiber—with its very high strength to weight ratio—offers the possibility of rethinking the definition of structure and its relationship to weather.

Project Team: Phu Hoang, Rachely Rotem, Kamilla Csegzi, Jonathan Izen, Alex Loh

Doppelganger (2016)
To further the carbon fiber research, a series of experimental workshops have been conducted by MODU and the University of Technology Sydney (with William Feuerman, Director) over a three year period. The Doppelgänger structure (2016) created a micro-scale public space that transformed based on individual or collective activities—from an intimate private arrangement to a larger gathering space. Doppelgänger was constructed with two structural rings that transformed from a dividing wall to a roof canopy. In its wall form, Doppelganger divided the space between two individuals: the structure was lifted to form a small canopy, creating a social gathering space.

Collaborator: University of Technology Sydney (with William Feuerman, Director)
Awards: Winner, Structural Innovation in Architecture
Winner, 2017-18 NEA US-Japan Program

Whiteout (2015)
The Whiteout structure (2015) reacted to the energies of weather and conversation. Whether in response to the wind or to a discussion, the pavilion flexed and changed shape to reflect these shifting energies. Whiteout created a micro-scale public space to host discussions. The structural bases on rollers, which also served as moving seats, changed the structure’s appearance at it hosted different kinds of conversations—closer together or further apart. Conversations took place between two or three people, each capable of positioning their own chair in relation to the other(s). The white building wrap (Tyvek) surface was embedded with thousands of fiber rods that allowed the surface to compress and expand; in a similar way, the large carbon fiber arches flexed and stretched with the enclosure.

2016 Project Team: MODU: Phu Hoang, Rachely Rotem; UTS: William Feuerman (Director), Dane Voorderhake (Assistant Lecturer) UTS Students: Marty Bowen, Lorri Chan, Lewis Chen, Shahar Cohen, Liam Corr, David De Boos, Rita Fares, Huijie Gu, Isobel Hall, Alice He, Adam Hoh, Aliaa Issa, Erik Jorgensen, Pareena Lertsurawat, Minchao Liu, Rachael O’Toole, Wanqing Zhao, Michael Zhi Teoh, Jeffrey Tighe, Anderson Trieu, Gabrielle Veringa, Lauren Watson
2016 Credits: Michael Richards (Materials Consultant), Daisy Zheng (Photography), Abdul Moeez (Photography)
2015 Project Team: MODU: Phu Hoang, Rachely Rotem; UTS: William Feuerman (Director), Endriana Adisho (Assistant Lecturer) UTS Students: Michelle Beck, Natasha Bonney, Zoey Chen, Tran Tuan Anh Dang, Prudence Duncan, Zoe Horn, Altaf Khan, Connor Mackenzie, Jake Paraskaeva, James Quinn, Shaun Ramodien, Jean-Claude Saliba, Raymond Shalala, Oliver Solente, Michael Stewart, Jeffrey Tighe, Jessica Tse, Michelle Vassiliou, Dane Voorderhake
2015 Credits: Michael Richards (Materials Consultant), Oly Begg (Photography)

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