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Tesselion- Philadelphia, 2008

Skylar Tibbits presented Tesselion, May. 2008, a built project which demonstrates a system of flat panel tessellation derived from complex surfaces to enable ease in constructability. Each panel’s uniqueness is afforded by the efficiency of digital fabrication while coded parametric relationships allow an emergent structural efficiency.

Recently the development of planar quadrilateral meshes has become a strong interest in the architectural community due to their potential ease for constructing complex surfaces. The project responds to this problem and proposes a method for flat panelization of free form surfaces which provides large scale, efficient and economic construction from flat sheet material.

Tesselion was constructed using:
-189 panels (7 rows of 27 panels)
-CNC routed 1/16" white aluminum
-1 week of assembly

Tesselion was located at the Philadelphia University Architecture & Design Building

Many Thanks: Jared Laucks, Marc Fornes, Adrienne Yancone & everyone else for the generous support!

Fabrication Sponsor: Continental Signs
Material Sponsor: Alliance Metals

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