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HoloWall

2021
Project leadership: Leslie Lok (Director)
Team lead: Nina Koscica / Team: Sahil Adnan, Bushra Aumir, Jiyoon Bae, Sahir Choudhary, Asbiel Samaniego
Additional installation support: Jordan Young, Freddo Daneshvaran, Byungchan Ahn, Seetha Vinayagam, Philip Rubin, Tingwei Fan
 

Referencing traditional windbreak shelters in agricultural landscapes, the HoloWall is a repository of cultural traces for the emblematic and utilitarian windbreak walls that protect livestock and buildings. The branching wall sits loosely between trees on the Arts Quad to provide shelter from prevailing wind from the west across the valley. The design explores the coupling of augmented reality (AR) technologies with non-uniformly sized lumber to develop a digitally informed and customized hollow-core cross-laminated timber (HCCLT) wall assembly. Upcycling salvaged barn and dimensional lumber from our local landscape, the installation's material language of lamination peels away in calibrated gradients to create lattice-like moments generating porosity for views and structural performance. Likewise, the lamination thickens on the east side to incorporate seating for user interactions. In a socially distanced landscape, the work seeks to provide a space where dialogue can be shared by individuals seated across the wall where light and sound are filtered through the perforated layers.

Partially funded by: Cornell Council for the Arts Faculty Grant and the Aref and Manon Lahham Excellence Fund for Sustainability, Cornell Department of Architecture
Noël Heaney/Cornell University
An abstracted close-up of the installation
The finished installation on an autumn day
A view of the installation through an augmented reality lens
Bubble diagram describing the method of assembly
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