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Frozen Fibres

Marta Male-Alemany Studio
Assistants: Daniel Piker, Jeroen Van Ameijde

Students
Sanhita Chaturvedi (India)
Esteban Colmenares (Colombia)
Thiago Mundim (Brazil)

Project
Knitectonics

Can a simple household craft facilitate a proto-tectonic system? Our research aims at exploring integrated solutions that facilitate optimised, adaptive and specific digital fabrication systems. The possibility of materialising unified structures without formwork, using the potential of the continuous mono-materials of the fibre realm, directed us to the technique of knitting as it inherently possesses method, material and metaphor. The sophisticated programmability of the proposed digital machine allowed us to develop a system that explores patterns, form and topology in order to generate architectural solutions and define a new tectonic language. The project explores the design of on-site fabrication of structural envelopes and the integration of infrastructure. Inspired by the beauty of natural systems, with their inherent efficiency and performance, Knitectonics embodies a self-organised micro-system of textures, a macro-system of structure, and is continuous and transformational, soft and rigid.