This project was conceived as a secondary system that could be infused into an existing loft. Comprised of curvilinear two inch thick parametrically defined walnut walls and backed by a plywood support structure, this installation was designed to be pre-fabricated off site, then installed as a panelized system.
This installation forms the center of an otherwise conventional loft, intertwining itself with the residence’s program, strategically activating key areas within different rooms with the architectural features listed above.
35 unique panels create a dynamic, but also multi-functional interior, integrating closets and cabinets, enveloping appliances and articulating benches, doorways and surfaces throughout the space.
The scale and scope of this project was truly groundbreaking for the methods of fabrication employed and required the participation of myself and the entire staff at Situ Fabrication to construct.
This project focuses on creating a dynamic, open air space, utilizing a collaboration of cutting edge parametric design tools and traditional wood working techniques.
This pavilion was designed by CDR Architects in New York, NY, and built by myself and two other employees at Situ Fabrication in Brooklyn, NY.
Designed to be a private open air retreat, the pavilion features an integrated bench, a glass roof to protect from inclement weather, and is fully screened to defend against insects.
Most importantly the pavilion offers a large inlaid mahogany floor that provides space to practice yoga, the most prevalent program assigned to the space.
An aluminum frame sandwiches a system of mahogany cells, recalling the organizational system that defines a dragonfly’s wings.
All work on the pavilion was done by hand, utilizing traditional wood working techniques to form the complex parametrically defined compound miter joints.
In a time where complex computational design techniques are becoming a common place in academia, pavilion projects such as this are fascinating canvases in which to explore the real world feasibility of these emerging technologies.
The Porsche is an ongoing exercise in high performance vehicle customization. This extensive redesign of an iconic sports car started with the replacement of the original 72 HP engine with a 370 HP Subaru engine. The resulting massive power increase necessitated the implementation of a custom tubular chassis, a unique cantilever suspension system, as well as a modified custom transaxle.
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The custom, removable body, inspired by the original aesthetic of the car was fabricated using hand formed steel. Infusing lightweight, technologically advanced components with classic German design has created a modern sports car that embodies the spirit of its track focused predecessors.
This project, developed in collaboration with Caleb White, is an exploration into space filling structures, 3D printed construction methods, and robotic structure control.
By utilizing space filling geometry, paired with 3d printed trusses and rivet connections, this experimental structure is able to expand to three times its retracted area while maintaining structural integrity. Robotic controllers trigger the system's deployment based on user interaction.
By utilizing 3D printed trusses, connectors, and rivets the need for existing components was eliminated and the entire system was able to be designed in house, creating a high level of design refinement and cost efficiency.
This structural mode is the culmination of an exploration into the work and research of Buckminster Fuller and Robert Le Ricolet.
Tensegrity or integrated tension is a structural theory wherein compression members are only connected by a network of tensioning cables. It is a pure structural system eliminating redundant structural members.
Steel cables are anchored to custom 3D printed components that tie the tensioning members to copper compression tubes.
This Café Racer started its life as a 1970 Honda CL350. The goal of the project was to create a motorcycle that appeared to have survived unrestored from the heyday of café racers in the 60’s and 70’s.
By sourcing used vintage parts and distressing new components, this motorcycle appears to have been found after sitting neglected for decades when in reality it was only completed a couple of years ago.
After stripping the bike down to an engine and frame, a 1966 Wards Riverside tank was fitted along with a vintage scooter headlight, Tarozzi rear sets, Tarozzi clip ons, an MAC exhaust, and a custom fiberglass seat.
The tank retains its original patina while the rest of the body components were painted and weathered to match.
Building a motorcycle with a focus on simplicity and weight savings has created a dynamic riding experience that harkens back to the historic café racers of the past.
This installation was the product of an investigation into the formation of controlled curvilinear forms using minimal variation in flat modules.
The orientation and organizational strategy employed to assemble the three unique modules create a predictable and controllable curvilinear form, reducing cost of construction while simultaneously expanding the catalogue of forms that are possible to create.
The concept for the cruiser bike was developed as a productive use for industrial scrap metal. I ran my own small business building high performance engine exhaust components, and due to the construction process used I found myself inundated with unusable small-diameter exhaust tubing. I constructed the frame of this bicycle by TIG welding metal scraps produced by my shop. I designed and painted custom graphics before fitting custom bicycle components to the frame to form a low-slung cruiser style bicycle.
The paper lamp project took shape as an exercise in developing a system of assembly that was integral to the design of an object itself. Rhinoceros and Grasshopper were utilized to create a zipper that was cut into the edges of the paper pieces that formed the bodies of the lamps. By integrating the elements of the lamps’ bodies and the method of assembly, these lamps blend form and function into a single harmonious whole. Since these lamps are comprised solely of strategically cut paper they can be shipped in a flat envelope rather than a box, making shipping these products economical and efficient.