d house_midterm

D house is an architecture project designed and executed by FaR Architects, a super cool architecture studio I work with in Beirut.  It’s a 2000m2 residential house in located in ‘ain el kharroube’, Lebanon.

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The abstract form of the building is neat and simple. It consists of 2 overlapping rectangular volumes connected to a third rectangular volume (the guest house) by a complex steel and glass structure.

The 3D printed model is an abstract miniature model of this house that serves a display to be hung on the wall in the office.

Here’s my process:Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 3.24.49 PMSince I didn’t want to import drawings from CAD and explore modeling in Maya, I made a precise sketch of the basic dimensions needed to model the 3 volumes. Pretty simple!

d house modelHowever, the steel structure connecting the two volumes was more of a challenge to model in Maya without using the original 2D drawings. I tried to do it with cylinders but it was a mess and not precise. IMG_8610

So… I went back to CAD to model the structure and added a base

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Notice in the design that the proportions of the volumes in relation to the steel structure is quite large which i predicted might be a problem in 3D printing. I had to scale down the model and therefore the steel structure became too thin for printing.

I also had some problems with surfaces of the the structure that needed to be closed.

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I decided to take out the structure and print the model without it; and try to figure out a way to build the structure with another material and attach it to the 3D printed model.

I modeled an approximate topography that holds the upper volume and puts the house in context. Here is the final screenshot of the model.

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Object24 model

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Here’s a link to all the files in dropbox

 

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