Væve is an exploration of an old technique through new technology. It is an investigation into methodologies, form and assembly techniques that combine the art of weaving with computational design and digital fabrication.
This methodology has a variety of potential applications due to its physical and aesthetic qualities, from industrial design to large scale structures. For example, there is the potential to reduce the number of fixing points when compared to more conventional structures.
The weave structure is generated in Grasshopper and Rhino, digitally fabricated and assembled by hand. A series of prototypes of increasing complexity were constructed to test the constraints and possibilities of the methodology; an important part of the process was the development of an assembly strategy, as it was discovered that the selection of the correct point of commencement is key.
The shape of the piece is a ‘batwing’, which is a triply periodic minimal surface – a continuous anticlastic form that offers sufficient stiffness to be self-supporting, while highlighting the play of pattern, light and shadow.
Rivets = 200 per piece
PVC = 4.7m2
Construction time = 14hrs per piece