Exploring the formal and tectonic variations on how to compose a digitally-fabricated tower, Voronoi is a 15ft structural tower composed of a lightweight 3D Voronoi pattern. It was displayed in the hallway of Carnegie Mellon’s College of Fine Arts.
The team began by exploring the structure of bones and noticing stronger densities in areas that were under more pressure and less densities in areas of tension. Taking this idea, we wished to translate it architecturally and hence began examining the potential of a 3D Voronoi pattern. We sought to create a tower that reflected a sense of gravity, with larger cells grounding the structure in a gradient of decreasing size, as the tower grew taller.
Using Rhino and Grasshopper, we were able to model the structure of the tower and then began removing the interior pieces in order to make the structure lightweight. Then, using the CNC router, we milled each face of the 3D Voronoi patterns and then assembled them on site with zip ties to form each individual cell. Once the cells had been assembled they were joined together with a similar zip tie method to complete the installation that rose to a height of almost 14 feet.