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2020 Spring / Dwayne Olyer Vertical Studio

The studio begins by looking closely at several 3-dimensional puzzles by Hanayama . Those puzzles were then transformed and reinterpreted into a new set of elements (that retain the key connective principles found in the original). Each pair of students developed both a 2D and a 3D piece. 

Drawing inspiration from the mesmerizing Hanayama puzzle structures, our design begins as a 2D pattern that ingeniously evolves into a three-dimensional interlock sphere. The puzzle's aesthetic complexity serves as a guiding principle for creating a building that is not only visually captivating but also structurally dynamic.


2D to 3D Evolution

Explore the fascinating transition from a two-dimensional pattern to a fully realized three-dimensional interlock sphere. We employ advanced parametric design tools to meticulously translate the intricacies of the Hanayama puzzle into an evolving, cohesive architectural form.


Witness the creation of an interlocking structural system that mimics the elegant puzzle connections. This system not only contributes to the visual appeal of the building but also enhances its stability and resilience, creating a harmonious blend of form and function.


Material Innovation

Embrace a palette of materials carefully selected to complement the Hanayama-inspired design. From sleek metallic finishes to warm, tactile elements, each material is chosen to enhance the overall aesthetic and tactile experience of the building.


Interlocking Structural System

Design concept

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