Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Transformers Event at Shed12

Public interraction within our lycra and steel cage was as anticipated. They embraced the stretchy semi-permenent membrane by pushing, pulling shoulder barging and face planting into the lycra.

The Convoy Stage

The convoy stage allowed us to take a step back and have a first glimpse of how the general public would react when presented with a body of space so bizziare. The grid lock traffic conditions allowed us to compare the chaos of traffic from a viewpoint within the project itself.

The Crane Operation

This phase of the design relied on a crane to hoist the transformer out of the second story balcony. The main doors of studio were far too small to transport the structure out and instead the locked balcony doors were opened for the operation. The project was loaded onto the flat bed trailer straight from the second floor.

The success of this phase allowed us to focus and prepare thoroghly for the main transformers event the next day.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Further Developments 2

As we progress through, we were very fortunate to have found our sponsor from RollForming Services Ltd (RFS).  They have kindly provided us with free steel as this would inevitably resolve alot of previous problems we have encountered while using timber, e.g weight and strength of final model. we have become more aware of the exact measurements and ways of achieving our idea of the twist, as you can see in the picture below, this is what our installation will look like from the back view.

Inside view:

Front view:


further development of the final model

To prevent lycra from tearing due to loads, we have decided to use a combination of large metal and rubber washers to hold the lycra in place as pressure points.

We have planned all our bits and pieces for RFS to cut, and hopefully it should arrive soon for us to assemble everything!


We'll need approximately 13m X 3m space at shed 12.

Further Developments

After a long interesting mid crit we have had some valuable opinions about our twist. Our twist had high demand of technicality hence we decided to take a step backwards and rethink other ways to achieve the same effect of experience through simpler methods.

We decided to cut back the twist with ribs that stay rigid on a platform. however rib-lycra relations still stays the same.

By putting one strip of lycra in the middle separating the two pathway (entrance/exit) it allows participants to push the lycra at either end, making a handprint on the opposite side of the lycra.

Points discussed was to make the lycra twist in a rib cage instead of twisting the actual rib itself. In other words to "pretend" the twist within the ribs. 

We have also come to a solution for the convoy that it'll be placed on a flatbed trailer and it will stay on there for participants to go in at the event.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Photos of the Scale Model features

The Opacity of the Lycra and Shadows being used effectively.

The Lycra being pushed from within, having the handprints on the outside.

The Relationship of the Exterior and Interior being further developed through the use of the Lycra,
The Interior conditions affecting the Exterior Facade.

Conceptual Renders

Side view

Front View

The inside of the installation.
Usintg Lighting to highlight the features.
Darkness symbolising the "end", the deteoriation....

Conceptual render of the Convoy stage
Using Smoke to get attention and for possible sponsorship.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Concept Of the Idea

The Breathing Experience is an interactive installation that encompasses the expanding and contracting qualities of the respiratory system. In conjunction with timber ribs and stretched lycra, the transforming piece of interactive architectural sculpture aims to providie the public with a twisting tunnel that has a deeper social relevance.

Fuelled by the current regimes of “Smoke Free Aotearoa”, this moving piece of sculpture expands on the effects of cigarette toxins into a scale that can be appreciated as architecture. Elaborating on the biologically degrading properties of smoking, the installation supersizes the contrast between a healthy respiratory system and that of an experienced smoker.

In accordance with the various tertiary education institutional policies and Government amendments pushing to make a smoke free public arena become a law, The Breathing Experience attempts to sculpturize the necessity for such regulations. For your consideration, we hope that you would be able to provide us with your resources as we push to make the breathing experience of New Zealand air a cleaner one.

If you would like to sponsor us or provide with us with funding or would just like to know more,
please feel free contact us at:

Mob : 021 023 595 30

Details of Bracing Joints

The Curved Bracings help to keep the 'ribs' structurally as it stops the ribs from collapsing inwards.
 The bracing being curved adds an organic flavour to the aesthetics as it resembles bones, making it alot more interesting visually
compared to a regual triangular straight faced brace.

The curved white bracing complimenting the curved nature of the design.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Drawings For The Installation



Sunday, August 23, 2009


Week 3:
As we progess through our development we have begun to make a 1:1 scale model
using timber and lycra.

This is us testing out the strength of lycra.

1:1 Concept Scale Model of a rib

Experimenting with the mechanism of the ribs by using hinges.

Introduction, 1st Stage Concept Entry

Week 1:

"The Breathing Experience" is a 2nd year Architecture group from the University of Auckland.

We are taking part in an architectural competition, "TRANSFORMERS"
This event will be held on the 16th of October in Shed 12.

Our group simulates the most basic and mundane transformation of what we humans
do to survive - the transformation of spance in the lungs and ribs as we breathe.

Our proposal addresses the social impact to the general public that
demonstrates how our lungs degrades due to smoking, as we wish to let
people physically experience the destruction of the lungs due to smoking.
As we would be recreating a supersized space which would symbolise this.

The footpath from the entrance is deliberately twisted, as when the participant progresses through the tunnel
this forces them to make good use of the lycra and ribs around them for support. 
It inevitably creates a handprint on the exterior of this installation. (similar to the pic below)