In this model, I chose to focus on the compelling contrast between the rigid mimicry of man-made ‘machine’ and the free-form of nature echoed in the home.
The verticality of the columns mimic the ocean of forest surrounding the house, creating a shutter effect not unlike one you would experience when wandering the nearby forests. Aalto purposefully fashioned each column to be of varying height and thickness in order to avoid “artificial architectural rhythms”.
Using a combination of laser-cut Russian birch plywood and white 3D printed PLA filament, I evoked the shutter-effect of the trees in the rigid columns seen all throughout the home.
In contrast, I took the topographical changes from the site and elevated it to represent the free-form inspired moments within the home, present in elements such as the iconic fireplace, entrance awning, and pool.
The guiding principle for this project was “rigid by section, free-form by plan”.
Below are progress screenshots of the design process in Rhino. Material tolerances and thicknesses are all considered for the fabrication.