What would happen if you combined automotive design with building design? No - you wouldn't get a building on wheels - you would get a building whose facade glistens like the hood of an expensive sports car. The Estonian Academy of the Arts Design Competition exhibit at the Gallery at One Market answers this question.
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For their entry in the Estonian Academy of the Arts Design Competition, Gage/Clemenceau Architects used automotive design concepts to create innovative architectural forms. After consulting with BMW, instead of relying on rectilinear geometries that typically guide architectural design decisions, the facade of the Estonian Academy of the Arts is wrapped entirely in what the automotive industry refers to as a Class-A surface. Class-A surfaces are free form surfaces with an optimal aesthetic shape and high surface quality. Mathematically Class-A surfaces are curvature continuous while being defined by the simplest mathematical representation needed for the desired shape/form without any undesirable waviness.source: www.design-engine.com
Although one may marvel at the math behind the building's proposed facade, equally interesting is its glistening appearance. The gallery exhibit features a CNC-milled foam/fiberglass panel with color-shift automotive paint that would reflect a variety of sky/city features depending on the observer's position. Cool! Using AutoCAD, Alias Surface, and Maya, Gage/Clemenceau architects were able to try 100 different iterations to arrive at the result that produced the most pleasing aesthetic effect.
The Autodesk Gallery at One Market is open to the public every Wednesday from noon to 5:00 p.m., with a guided tour at 12:30 p.m. Visit us. Look for this exhibit right as you get off the elevator to the 2nd floor.
Thanks to Senior Marketing Manager, Kimberly Whinna, who supplied the facts behind this exhibit.
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