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MUSEUM/OF/MODERN/ART//NEW/YORK//2008//

Commissioned as part of MoMA’s Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling, Flatform is a projective building system that engages the shift toward digital design and production.

Flatform is a panel system of flat stock stainless steel, cut, scored, and folded to form a rigid assembly without the use of fasteners. Facing panels are joined through tab sets, and the surface geometry of each panel is parametrically linked to the characteristics of the tabs. The deployment of tab sets, including pattern, orientation, and number can adjust to address specific performance requirements. Once modeled, as a contained script, the tab set could be deployed across any potential form.

Flatform also questions how to create visual affects within performance driven design, valuing aesthetic intent alongside any desire for optimization and efficiency. Perforation isn’t superficial, but creates a three dimensional structural system that heightens the effect of shifting patterns of opacity and view from various positions within the gallery. The diffusion of color from one interior surface accentuates the three dimensional quality of the tab sets and dramatizes the shifting pattern. Simultaneously, the patterns index the process of design and fabrication. More than latent information, they trace the architectural notion of phenomenal transparency, enhancing the aesthetic of the work by communicating the system of organization through its visual expression.

Technical design and development by COBALT OFFICE in collaboration with Marble Fairbanks Architects and in partnership with Aimee Chang.