Zip Tie Massimal (Architectural Design Research Installation) by Design Office Takebayashi Scroggin (D.O.T.S)
2011 - 2012, Golden A' Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Award Winner
A constellation of stars and a petting zoo.
The Zip Tie Massimal is an architectural design research project that presents full-scale piece that explores the relationship between social engagement and built form. It invites the public to interact with it by touching, holding, and pulling and creates a spectacle in the form of a glowing volume comprised of over 20,000 zip ties.
Design Challenges
The design challenge for us is to produce something with unique formal characteristics out of standardized components and simple construction logic that will engage the public conscious. For this particular installation, the Massimal had to be durable and lightweight and generate a spectacle.
Production Technology
The form of the Zip Tie Massimal was generated using digital surface modeling software. For the purposes of fabrication, these surfaces were unrolled in the modeling program in order to generate flattened templates. These templates were then plotted to scale to serve as maps for laying out a skin out of over 20,000 connected zip ties that were then rolled back into the original form.
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