Nick is currently working at Pattern Architects, London. Specialising in parametric design and the application of Computational research on stadia design.
Nick is also studio tutor for the Abstract Machines masters unit at LMU
Nick attained a Distinction on his Masters of Architecture, with his award winning thesis project being nominated for the RIBA Presidents Silver Medal. Recent work has been featured in London Design Festival.
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I decided to revisit an old project based on origami to learn some new skills. The hexagonal origami animation is simulated using the Kangaroo physics pluggin for grasshopper.
The main forces acting upon it are ‘hinge’ rotational forces to create Mountain and Valley folds. The ‘Planarize’ force to each hexagon ( as each hexagon is actually 6 triangles that need to be constrained to a plane). I added ‘sphere collide’ calculations to each vertices, just to stop any overlapping. Finally some rigid springs for each face edge, to mimic real world paper properties.
Unfortunately the animation/.gif won’t load properly. But you can see the simulation in action here: http://goo.gl/ZiC9Dn
This is the actual Hexagonal Origami piece i folded for the project. (It took about 8 hours).
There and back again
For me this exercise was very rewarding, it felt like i was coming full circle on my time as a parametric designer. It was the original origami project that set me on the path of parametrics. Desperately searching for a way to model its expansion. The only modelling tool i knew at the time was sketchup. The discovery of grasshopper really was a light bulb moment. And while i was very proud of that first definition (below), it was a very top-down system, that was built on purely geometrical transformations.
I have been very busy with work, and recently teaching. But i plan on being a lot more productive with my time this year, or at least document my research more. I have a slight back log of items i will upload soon.
Selected by D2W for the London Design Festival. Small ornamental piece continuing my previous research on Erwin Hauer. The basket is made up of two independent but interlocking surfaces.
The two surfaces are hard to distinguish in the photos, while I appreciate the effect of the two surfaces blending, I think printing each in independent colours/shade would improve viewers understanding.
Experimenting with transitions of solid to void.
I was procrastinating, decided to make weirdest object i could. I feel my weirdness concept was achieved.
Kind of looks like a plant out of Avatar… Or some kind of acid trip!
The 3d printer in the office hadn’t been getting a lot of action recently. Used the occasion to set myself a speed challenge. This mobius based form took 3 minutes in grasshopper.
TYRERTECTURE in the UAE
Apologies for lack of posts recently, I will be resuming personal projects late January. I am currently spending my Christmas on site in the Emirates. Due to a confidentiality agreement, I cant publish any images of the project. So here is Gabe and I on a serious site inspection.
edit: Please ignore any reflection in my sunglasses.
3.5 Man Butterfly flip
Bit of a random one, just found this photo on my one of my old memory sticks, while taking photos at the LMU kung fu society i tried to orchestrate a four man synchronized butterfly flip. I think this is the closest we got, three and a half.
Erwin Hauer II Printed Model
Second generation Hauer panel, in this one i introduced the fluid curves. Was a little tricky getting the vectors on neighbouring cells to meet, learnt a few interesting bits about grasshopper tree structures. I started cutting out the Makerbot scaffold material, but liked the effect of leaving the edges, enhances the flowing form. I have now cut out the rest, but haven’t taken a photo yet.
Erwin Hauer I Printed model
This model was printed a few weeks ago, but im a bit behind uploading, so doing it chronologically. Printed on a Makerbot.