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Muqarnas Model


Our muqarnas are based on the traditional 2-dimensional Islamic tilings from which prisms are extruded and cut along a curve.  The tiling we chose formed a fourteen sided polygon which contained two conflicting seven-fold radial symmetries.  The conflict manifests itself when projected into 3-dimensional space creating a visual tension which initiates from the exterior and progresses into the center where it is resolved.  These conflicting curves are the driving force of the aesthetic, creating shadows that crawl down the aggressive forms.  While traditional muqarnas are no longer constructed, their implications in modern architecture are substantial.  With the introduction of modern materials and the inherent strength of these forms, it is possible to use them as resilient structural roof systems, generating a provocative form which celebrates light and space.

Collaborators: John D. Knauft, Jenny A. Scarborough

Advisor: Sergio Sanabria

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The far left diagram shows an exploded diagram of the individual prisms.

The top right image shows a few of the individual prisms cut from wood.

The section view shows the potential to use this form as a complex roofing system.

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