Wobbly Structures Research
Lancelot Coar et al
In 2006 I began to conduct research at the Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology (CAST) at the University of Manitoba to explore the potential of dynamic and flexible properties of building materials to design and construct “self-forming” structures. Working in a northern climate has allowed me to explore the use of ice as a viable building material for temporary structures and a feasible analogue to other liquid-to-solid building materials (like concrete, fiberglass, and GFRC, etc.). The project that I present here is entitled Cocoon, a project that employs the use of pre-stressed fiberglass framing systems to support a fabric formwork to spray water on to stiffen the structure and created a highly-translucent and unique building skin.
Credits: Designer: Lancelot Coar, Photographers: (Lancelot Coar and Mathieu Léger); Collaborators: Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba, Ace Art Inc, Platform Gallery, Urban Shaman Gallery, Video Pool Inc, La Maison des artistes, the Communities of St. Claude, Peguis First Nation, St. Boniface, Winnipeg, and Victoria Beach, Manitoba; Funders: The Creative Works Grant, University of Manitoba, Ace Art Inc, Platform Gallery, Urban Shaman Gallery, Video Pool Inc, La Maison des artistes, Itty Bitty Baby