Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Complex relationships in museum architecture

Natural light washes the stone interior walls.
Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame is designed with a system of 1150 unique stone panels, each with its own set of custom connections.

Located in Natchitoches, Louisiana, the museum, with its fluid spaces, was designed by Trahan Architects in coordination with Method Design and CASE.

To coordinate the geometrical relationships custom tools were developed. Key to this process was the programming environment of Grasshopper, Karamba and Geometry Gym, operated in parallel with Robot structural analysis software and SDS/2 for steel detailing. With this, Method Design developed a system with a feedback response loop and transferred geometrical data seamlessly across the multiple software.

The result was a fully detailed model of every structural member, support, and connection used for fabrication and installation of the steel supports and cast stone connections.

David Stasiuk of Method Design commented, "Grasshopper has been the primary design tool for our part in this project's development. Even the parts that are more 'hand' drawn rely heavily on Grasshopper to extract useful information about orientations and then to instantiate those elements of the design that couldn't be generated fully by algorithm."

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