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Weaving Public and Private: Interior Wall Studies

Theme: SIGGRAPH Core

This interior wall panel was designed for a Skidmore client from the Middle East. It is conceived as a 25-meter-long and 15-meter-tall screen that consists of solid, repeating Corian components that both hang together structurally and weave public and private spaces.

The resulting divider is a thickly layered and textured screen that generates the project-appropriate degree of visual transparency. The system functions as both surface and structure thanks to the interplay between geometry and material.

Corian is an artificial material that is typically used as a slab in architectural settings. Here, the designers created scripts to create the weave and worked with Corian fabricators to push the material's structural capabilities and to explore the potential of digital fabrication. The resulting geometries are consistent with the ways Corian can be produced and manipulated, and they open new possibilities for structural applications.

Neil Katz, Associate
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP