Published: 05/01/2012

Project Term: 2012

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La Voûte de LeFevre

La Voûte de LeFevre is a mashup of ancient stereotomic vault construction with contemporary computation and advanced fabrication. The vault is a compression-only structure calculated through a custom simulation program to determine how large each units opening should be in order to adjust its mass in relation to its neighbors. The project translates past methods of fabrication into contemporary culture. The purpose of this research is not to revert to an ‘antiquated architecture’, but to reengage a problem that may be unfamiliar in contemporary culture. This terrain produces something new, an architecture that is somehow ancient yet contemporary, heavy yet light, familiar yet alien.


Wesley McGee

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