MOCA, Los Angeles
2013 (unbuilt)

The rolling saddle-shaped shell demonstrates the usefulness of thermobimetals both in the assembly and structural pre-stressing processes. By heating the material during construction, assembly is made easy. Cooling of the material adds needed strength in the pre-stressing of the bow member and lessens the reliance on the overall frame for structure. The compressive skin system can behave more like a shell. Because the overall hypar-shaped shell has no flat-bottomed portion and is extremely lightweight (approximately 80 lbs.), it can be rolled by human power to demonstrate the compressive strength of the different areas of the surface. The correlating base, which doubles as a bench, eliminates the need for a track and reduces the gravitational load to twolocations at any single point in time. This stationary bench provides a social resting place and the shell a temporary shelter for fleeting private moments.

Team: Doris Sung (principal), Evan Shieh, Dennis Chow, Jessica Chang