UniBodies
2006
Client: Artist’s Space, Architecture & Design Series
Status: Completed  
Size: Installation    
Location: New York City, NY


UniBodies investigates the potentiality of com posite shells in the production of small and intensive protoarchitecturesthat inventively challenge the implicit distinctions between skeleton and skin—modular and monolithic, smooth and porous—while pursuing an advanced degree of technological, formal and material invention.

Materially, UniBodies explores the plasticity of composites and unitized construction systems. Composites or FRPs [Fiber Reinforced Polymers] have the capacity to synthetically subsume systems: melding, fusing, and embedding discrete components within single body-shells. Furthermore, composites imply an amalgamation of time and procedure. Based on a unique use of anisotropic components to heterogeneously assemble surfaces,
every piece is made entirely of a variable combination of fiber cloth, resin matrix, and flexible core materials. UniBodies exploits the versatility of composites to produce artificial materiality and intensive gradients. Variable degrees of translucency, viscosity, and surface profile are integrally molded and explored through pigmentation and filling of the resin.




Team:
Marcelo Spina
Georgina Huljich




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