SERRIFORM

SXSWeco

Austin, USA

2016

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Serriform is a family of eight stage backdrops featuring digitally fabricated columns and robotically spray-painted surfaces. The installation explores the effects of serial variation in architecture and as such focuses on novel relationships between repetition and difference enabled by new technologies. Named for the serrated edges that define the silhouette of each column, the project is also inspired by an iconic furniture piece – Ettore Sottsass’s Adesso Peró bookcase – the form of which was interpreted through the lens of digital design. With adaptability in mind, Serriform was designed to also function as a self-supporting shelving and partition system in the future.

 

Produced at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, project was the school’s first significant effort in using robotics at the scale of architectural installations.

 

Project collaborator: Nerea Feliz

Research associate (robotics): Benjamin Rice, The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture

Project assistants: Cory Olsen, Joel Sterling (design); Raymond Castro, Jonathan Huang, Erik Olivarez, Davis Richardson, Philip Richardson (production); Jody Broccoli-Hickey (videography)