Here I finished the concept; what if you could:

Take a roughback and various scraps of stone

Scan the surfaces

and then apply a texture pattern to the surface via a preconfigured script?

Cut panel geometry Video

I took a random pattern, and then applied several logical systems based in grasshopper to find out if I could generate a system that would look amazing over an entire facade, while using pieces that would be to small or two mis-shaped (waste pieces) to be used in traditional masonry construction.

It worked surprisingly well. at this point I will look to this texture generation for covering entire facades, but I don’t know if it would work only with stone. These elliot foam panels are quite rigid. I believe they could be used for formwork on large scale applications with the same intentions.

July 22, 2011
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Indiana Limestone

Gasoline- was once a waste product. It was thrown away, skimmed off the top of crude oil. Refinement and applications of it was an innovation.

It is my aspiration that a similar process is at a precipice with cut stone, and I intend to explore the possibilities.

Whenever limestone is processed, there are two waste pieces, the ‘roughbacks’ the faces on either side of the stone that  are so uneven they can not be used for traditional construction.



What if the roughbacks could become part of the pattern, of the nature of the building facade, the capitol or the connection to earth, what if the small underscaled pieces used as possible?



Here is my initial reaction:

the stone could be cut to look like ‘hyposurface.  Large chunks could be used, but smaller ones could be categoriezed and used to make individual triangular panels.


the surface could be scanned in, then triangles could be ‘best fit’ into the individual panels.  this could be used to mesh a building faceade with systems like hyposurface, complex window geometries, to create a building rhythm that flows across a building facade.

The shape of the panel would be broken into triangles so that a ordering system could be established, but the triangles themselves could be designed be convex or concave to make patterns, catch the sun, or even create images.

( – interactive wood blocks. — inspiration – potential geometry subdivision methods ( imagine an entire facade!)

Please let me know what  you think!

July 9, 2011
general, Research, Work In Progress
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