This is the beginning of the design for the final work that will be completed by the end of June. Terra cotta has been chosen as the building material because of its strong historical background in architecture and architectural ornament. Three options are being explored: a panel system, a structural block with interior webbing, and a terra cotta shell that would be filled with concrete to make it structural. The design is being influenced by sculptural work by Bernini, where soft material effects are carved into a hard surface.
Molds were made out of MDF using the CNC router and concrete was cast to begin the formal discussion. The next step will be to begin experimenting with terra cotta and the best way to cast it. This process will inform the decision of what the final piece will be; either a panel system or a structural, self supporting system.