Scye

Scye focuses on the interdependence of material, form, and technique in the context of digital design. The project is titled after a tailoring term for the seam that connects the top edge of a sleeve to the rest of the garment; it explores ways of constructing architectural volumes from planar surfaces as well as articulating surfaces from three-dimensional mass.

Developed for the 2015 Tallinn Architecture Biennale, the project synthesizes existing and invented material formats into a single system, constructing in effect an ecology of objects. The installation consists of a parametrically generated base, digitally fabricated from four 20-inch x 20-inch x 20-inch volumes, each split into two halves according to a digital script that enables the parts to book-match and eventually tessellate into a continuous ground condition. Atop the base, thin translucent sheets cast from custom-made biodegradable plastic form a conjoined vaulted structure tailored to the differentiated geometry of the ground beneath. A set of eight 3D-printed models examines a range of options for a monolithic structure formed by the simultaneous influences of both ground and membrane geometries.

The various materials that make up the overall system differentiate the parts in terms of how they may potentially circulate beyond the spatial and temporal footprint of the project. As architecture, the project is a relational model rather than a representational one. It is constrained by size, rather than scale. As a parametric system, it can grow, evolve, and mutate over time through three specific operations: multiplication, extension, and densification.

ISSSStudio was one of ten international practices included in the biennale's main exhibition titled Body Building, along with Roland Snooks, Achim Menges, Tom Wiscombe, Marjan Coletti, Carlo Ratti, and others. The exhibition was curated by Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam.