spatial experiences

Project Objectives:

  • Design modular systems to create three dimensional forms and spatial experiences.
  • Consider form and structure in a range of scales to develop an understanding of the relationships between 3D forms.


  • Canson Watercolor Paper
  • Xacto Knife
  • Copic markers

4/16/2020: Module Design 1

(left + middle) same rule, flower-like structure; (right) exploring a different rule
(above) exploring another rule but alternating/mirroring each module
(above) config 1
(above) config 2

Module Design 2:

(above) config 1
(above) top view

Module Design 3:

  • Couldn’t really think about what I wanted the configuration to look like until I cut all the pieces together and pieced it together
  • Placement of slits and shape changes how flexible the module is for configuration.
  • Interesting note of how placing a module mirrored (even with few slits) can create more complex structures → can create complexity with simplicity.
  • Cuts + slits with the same length will create a better sense of ‘regularity’ in structures.
  • Pay attention to the rule of the configuration! (also don’t forget to take a picture of the rule)

4/21/2020: Modular Structure

(above) measuring out 2x2x2 inch triangles
(left) taking a pre-made connector module to cut more out from triangles; (middle) the two modules; (right) showing how to put it together
(left) process of stacking it together; (right) sitting person made out of paper and sharpie
(above) angled views
(left) back view; (right) top view
kinda looks like a pine cone. . .

4/23/2020: Color & Lighting

(above) Storm King Art Center in New York
(left) BV20 marker and BV000 marker; (right) cutting off the tip so both sides can be used to sit
(left) using the darker blue violet marker on both sides; (right) stacking!!
(above) lower angle
  • Lavender accent color makes interaction more clear and intentional.
  • Color reminds of metal, sturdy to sit on.
  • Inside structure: individual seats, people can sit next to each other and its more inviting as the seats are pointed towards each other.
  • Outer side: ‘longer’ seats allow for more than one people to sit on, but each individual seat are pointed outwards from each other.
  • Show multiple people on the structure, cut more people out!
  • Light + shadows casted over the structure created deeper ‘beams’ of shadow/light to make structure feel sturdy and dependable (to sit on or be on).

4/28/2020: Color & Lighting + Mood

(above) Storm King Art Center — Daybreak/Sunset
(left) drawing out the triangles; (right) 2 inches compared to 2.5 inch dimensions

Final Pictures:

(above) newly sized up structure, same sized people

Interview 1:

Scaling up people to structure scale:

(above) people watching stars or the sunset

Interview 2:


  • Person in the fourth picture (darkest lighting) looks scared.
  • The windowsill picture were nice in a sense that you can see the sky and green, fitting for Storm King.
  • Structure still feels sharp, the darker picture made it feel too intimidating and closed off.
  • Try reconfiguring modules to create more visual interest, current model is too ‘wall-like’.
  • Make structure lower? Take the first row of connector modules out maybe.
  • Definitely scale person up — less intimidating structure.

4/30/2020: Final Iteration

(left) experimenting with coloring different sides, either top tip blue or bottom is blue; (right) ultimately deciding on tip to be blue
(above) rule of constructing my previous configuration
(left) connecting slit 1 + 2; (right) first half of structure
(above) showing how the smaller module created a sense of rise and how it supports the module on the end
(above) top view to show the S-Shape

Configuration Pictures:

Final Pictures of Modular Structure:

(above) structure with human references for scale




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