Blown

Tutors: Barry Wark, Guan Lee, Daniel Widrig 

Students: Anna-Maria Hini, Melissa Marchi Rumich, Mridula Shivashankar, Youssef Abdel Rahman

The project explores new forms of glass within architecture beyond its current prevalent use as a uniform sheet material. Inherent in the material quality of glass is its ability to deform light creating surprising and beautiful transparency, shadows and optical illusions. Glass blowing is the oldest fabrication technique used in its production and is utilised in the project to create surprising and unplanned localised conditions. The glass is held in an angular frame which is designed and optimised using digital algorithms. The steel frame pinches and allow the glass to expand is desired locations, defined through prototyping and digital simulations.