Playing with a physical model

MODE Cabinets

In Brief: MODE Cabinets is a re-exploration of my original TSAZ designs which were started around 2009 in a run down deli near the train yards of Kansas City. At his time I had very little knowledge of fabrication methods. Material constraints did not hinder my imagination. Years later as hustler in New York City, my mind has been battered and scared by the material world and it’s trappings. Despite this, I still claim that nothing is impossible. After years of accrued experience building the most outlandish things imaginable for the anointed ones who dance at the heart of empire: artists…I guess these designs don’t look too far off from the originals. Knowing what I know now, I decided to go back and try again.  Below is the basic module for the house, a cabinet.

Keeping with the original concept, the base unit of the house is a storage crate (the adult lego). This unit is one piece of a modular cabinetry system. Having the house elements remain functional in partial assembly is a primary goal. You can use the building blocks as cabinets in your home. If you collect enough they can eventually turn into the walls of a house. They are fully functional in the interim. You can re-configure, play with workflow, discover useful/optimized complexes, and re-structure dynamically.

STEWART_LOSEE_TSAZ_02Assembled cabinets can then slide into the hex-frame to start forming the walls of a house.

stewart_losee_tsaz_03Square frames can be used with the same cabinetry system.  But its less complicated and therefor less fun.  You can however make an aperiodic grid.  Squares tessellate; hexagons tessellate in a honey comb-like formation…mixing them creates this:
250px-Fund_un_prim_cell.svg…and you get the dodecagon court yards in blue.

stewart_losee_tsaz_05Seen above is a wall being formed from the smallest unit.  1×1 boxes aren’t very functional, but neither is 1 pixel on a monitor.  The floor on the hex-frame is filled out with tile.

stewart_losee_tsaz_04It starts to look very complicated as these cabinet walls are slid into place, enveloping the space.

stewart_losee_tsaz_06That arrangement seen from outside.

Stewart_Losee_TSAZ_12Roughing out roof designs.  These roof shapes are based on a tetrahedral lattice, the same shape as TetraHouse.

STEWART_LOSEE_TSAZ_01The final assembly.  This was strewn together on very short notice.  Its a 1/3 scale model of the full thing.  It only has a few walls and no roof yet.  Obviously I need to dive deeper with with.  I’ll be posting progress shots as it develops.

also…In the background you can see some old TetraHouse models….and a cricket mausoleum designed by some grad students.  This was for the High Focus Institute Summit organized by Stephanie Beattie.