Chirisarchitecture and mechanism
Chiris sub-scale prototype
Chiris with Danaë
Chiris [“chai-ris”] is a transforming sculpture. The aim is to imagine how the technology and experience of an aperture mechanism could be scaled up and translated into architecture. An innovative, folding origami skin adds a rich third dimension and a shifting pattern of light and shadow.
Chiris is comprised of over 100 wooden arms; each CNC milled, hand-routed, sanded smooth and completed with plastic sleeve inserts. Seven unique joint details, which occur in a pattern throughout, were needed to keep the delicate cladding in-plane as well as to keep cumulative friction minimal.
The supporting structure consists of a 10’ circular frame on a 10’ square base with steel cables tied back to the square base’s corners. A moment connection at the frame-base joint was avoided by utilizing a high-density foam block cut into the baseboard.
Video: Chiris with Jeff
Video: Chenyu with origami cladding
Project teamJeffrey Montes
Danae Vokolos (mondae)