J u l i a n a H e r r e r o




PCMA polymer composite material in architecture

Surface workshop. AHO Oslo. Norway 28.10 08.11.2002

I project team I erik bierkevedt nordbye, juliana herrero, gabi schillig, siri sverdrup lise // professors I johan bettum, sigurdur gunnarsson - städelschule frankfurt

This project studies characteristics, possibilities and limitations of polymer and composite materials. We formulate the hypothesis that 'form Structure and aesthetics' become an articulated surface and from this beginning point we created a form that take the advantages of polymer and composite materials.

A form that relies on this specific material, and could hardly be built in any other. The form consists of double curved surfaces which in themselves have a certain surface articulation. The articulation is made by the folds which embrace the tubes. The so created self bearing structure is defined in both directions, creating a pattern that surrounds the form. This is the point where the construction becomes an aesthetic issue.

Our aim, designing the form, was to achieve certain effects like translucency, light and shadow, density, texture, dizziness or security by using certain tools such as : layers, microstructure, artificial light, fiber, twist and angle distortion.

All these certain effects represent our designed form and its appearance according to the material. The parameters are ordered and tested through several experiments within a layering principle. The structure concept articulates cross pipe rings within the layering system of fibbers and epoxy.


Architechture Class Staedelschule Frankfurt a.m. I Material Vision Frankfurt Messe

Juliana Herrero, Aleksandra Raonic, Lindsey Webb

Material Workshop leaded by: Harald Klot and Sigidur Gurnassun

The main distinction between plastic and other structural materials is that plastic is a liquid itself. Changing the temperature conditions it becomes a liquid in motion, hydraulic, dynamic liquid, a machine, or again a structural surface, a membrane.

Taking this as a starting point we investigated further the material resistance to the mechanical and chemical inputs, in the context introduced below.

Inspired by the seminar of Dr. Beatriz Colomina, this project is underlining the parallel between artificial liquid machine and the biological one - a human body as a liquid container, a plasma, that carries solid cells, and organs.

One of the important moves in this process has been the fragmentation of the body: the representation of a body in pieces. Anatomical fragmentation of the body is not new, has been known as a phenomenon dating from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, since early modernity, in other words, since the emergence of the new insights and technologies concerned with viewing the body anatomically.

This liquid machine has been largely modeled after biological machines; plastic plate is folded to respond our own anatomic needs and desires, becoming anatomic chair, and in the same time an infrastructural plasma, endocrine system, carrying the system of pipes and volumes, that act as sensorial organs in the surface of the architectural body in a new context, a leisure machine as body extension.