Archilace — ‘Protean’ Sculpture

Another project focusing on Archilace, a structural typology that I first explored at the Design Modelling Symposium 2015 workshop in Copenhagen. Archilace has been developed by the London designers

In this self-initiated project I decided to explore the limits of the ‘Lace material and it’s assembly, by building a highly double-curved structure that would test the minimum global curvature that is achievable, and the complexities of weaving that arise from this.

Digital Model:

A marching cubes meshing process was used to generate a clean volumetric meshes along input curves. The final form I chose fitted into a 2metre cube, and was selected because it exhibited high curvature in areas, had interesting features that I wanted to see how the Archilace would negotiate (such as ‘T’ joints and collars), and lastly, it was symmetrical in plan, thus aiding assembly.


1st Pass:


Mesh Walking:

After this some basic breadth-first and neighbouring-loop mesh walk scripts were run, to understand how best to break the sculpture up into manageable and equal-sized sections, that would accurately mirror the sequence of assembly. In truth these studies did not affect the final build process very much, however I hope to keep developing them for future Archilace builds…




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Completed Structure:

The structure was built by two people over a few days in total… during that time we discovered a few problems with my initial model. One issue was that our minimum curvature was over-optimistic, and there were some very high forces in the Archilace in certain areas.

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Further Information:

– my work at the earlier Design Modelling Symposium workshop is here. website.
Archilace website – currently under construction.