Ornamentation has been synonymous with architecture since time and beyond. Whether it was in the form of an applique that was functionally redundant to the built mass or as an integral part of the building that could not be stripped off, it has always had an impact on the perception of the built environment. Inherent to its role, an architectural ornament enhances the affects created by a built form. Not only does it render aesthetic comfort, it also performs in many other dimensions i.e. cultural, climatic, economic and political. Unlike traditional ornamentation which was usually very repetitive in its design and application, current digitalization has led to mass customization of ornamental design. It is a mix of this traditional systematization and current customization that is expressed in our project.
Our ornamental installation captures the affects of light and visual perception in space. Off-centered apertures in a regular hexagonal module are deployed in varying orientations to create a random field of ornamental patterns; thus creating a different perceptual narrative for each side of the wall. The relativity of these field patterns to others within the larger surface creates the projects overall sensory experience or affect. While containing different physical scales of openings, there are additional patterns and scales of perception formed from the aggregation of the modules into a whole. Performance within our project, is achieved by overlapping the rationality of the modules with the irrationality of the system is contingent on lines of vision and/or percentage of solid versus void. There is both control of modular distribution through the design process and the uncontrolled perception of various patterns through human perception of the overall surface through proximity, and angle. The end product produces a juxtaposition of light and shadow, solid and void, and an acute directionality offering snapshots in space and time. Similar to our design concept, the fabrication process for this project is also a combination of traditional and contemporary systems. The project will use digital fabrication techniques as it applies to form making and analog production techniques as it applies to mold making.