Structure, Skin

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Doug Stechschulte (designer)
North and Central America->United States->Ohio->Franklin (county)->Columbus
This was an undergraduate student project by Doug Stechschulte for Tamara Hilmey's ARCH 341 course, Autumn 2005.
"The objective of the Structure/Skin project was to analyze a natural product such as a fruit or a vegetable and study the design of the structure and the skin. From this point we were to interpret and apply what we found to the creation of a structural wall system. From my analysis of a peanut I highlighted the fact that the shell was composed of multiple layers. The shell was created by a woven mesh of fibers that gave the shell structural support. This inner structural layer is a sort of mesh which allows for the transporting of the nutrients through transport fibers that weave throughout the mesh. This is skinned differently on the interior and the exterior according to function. The interior surface is a smooth surface that better protects the nuts while the exterior is more rigid and conforms to the structural elements. From here I created a panel that contained a sort of woven structural system that has a smooth interior surface and an exterior that is affected by the structural elements which it was containing. The structural system allows for all the mechanical systems needed for the building, just as the vital nutrients of the peanut running through the nutrient fibers, to be routed through the structural mesh. There are also points in the wall that are as if the skin were starting to erode or decay that would allow for ventilation or openings." - Doug Stechschulte
This work is a part of the online collections of the Knowlton School of Architecture Student Archives, The Ohio State University. It is part of an effort to make accessible student work ranging from the first student that graduated from the program in 1903 to the present. The effort to preserve and digitize drawings in the Student Archives was sponsored in part by the Graham Foundation.
2000s (2000 - 2009)
ARCH 341
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