LIGHT WOOD FRAME CONSTRUCTION
Development of Kinetic Construction began with the idea of creating kinetic architecture that can respond to the existing conditions of a site. Through rigorous iterations of drawings, models, and anthropomorphic studies, expansion and contraction was explored through different tectonic expressions. This research eventually expanded beyond the mechanical movement of buildings to include an introspective search into kinetic spatial qualities. The importance of the biker was kept paramount, as studies of movement and bicycle “anatomy” increasingly informed each iteration and structural system of exploration.
The adaptation from the initial concept of “kinetic” to wood framing was complex, with great emphasis directed towards the articulation of wood as a dynamic system of construction, pushing conventional understandings of basic wood framing, and the articulation of kinetic spatial qualities. Ultimately, this kinetic space was realized through the exploration of a system of calculated connections capable of producing a geodesic dome structure. Essentially a hinged space frame, the station would be able to expand and contract based on bike capacity. Programmatically, the rather large and open space created by this dome generated an appropriate place for public bike storage with both long-term and short-term storage capabilities.