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Yusuke Obuchi Studio

Students
Shaju Nanukuttan (India)
Atul Mhatre (India)
Yichi Zhang (China)
Sudhanshu Mandlik (India)

Project
Oblong

The objective of our research is to explore the tectonic principles of fibrous materials and their distribution systems. The project aims to create a new ground condition that can tackle an influx of tourists into a fish market in Tokyo in order to optimize the circulatory system of the market. Our investigations began with exploring cellular automata as an organizational system as well as material structural experiments with thin tensile fibers. Densification of the thin fibers and point-specific definition of connection between fibers allowed us to create a globally modulated woven system. This system exploits the capacity of materials to settle into a stable configuration by asserting a gradient influence upon the entire system and organizing their internal make-up and external forces, including the bearing capacity of control points in equilibrium. As the spatial vocabulary emerged from the variable distribution of fibers, a dynamic play of light and shadow added a temporal dimension to the project. Oblong is a novel approach towards achieving complex program organization within fibre tectonic typologies by creating differentiated spatial flow in coherence with the existing conditions of the site.