T: -3 weeks
Coroplast and veneer
Stitching the Chain
Capping the Base
Room for 6
T: -3 weeksThe madness begins as we sketch out forms and discuss materials and methods. We settled on a wall section sandwich of wood veneer (for looks), reflective mylar (for radiative insulation), 10mm corrugated plastic (for light stiffness and convective insulation), more mylar, and a textile outer layer (for looks and hinging action).
Rhombic TriacontahedronOur first paper form model – a sauna for ants.Photo by Nicole Jahraus
Unfolding NetThe shape is created by two chains of panels – one for the base and door, and one for the cap.
Coroplast and veneerWe cut all our wall panels out of 10mm coroplast and strips of birch veneer.
Natural IndigoGiving the cloud house its name, we tie-dyed the raw cotton panels with indigo.Photo by Nicole Jahraus
Waterproofing WaxTo weatherproof the exterior, we combined beeswax, paraffin, and boiled linseed oil in a careful ratio by weight.
Beading WaterAfter the wax has been melted into the cotton, water beads off nicely.
Stitching the ChainThe panels were stitched together along their margins to form the chain with an integral cloth hinge. The free edges received a velcro strip (carefully co-ordinated with its mated counterpart), or magnets in the case of the door.
Unfolded CapThe unfolded cap chain showing the reflective insulation prior to installing LEDs and veneer.
The ArrivalNicole holds one of the two panel chains as we get ready to hike down to the beach.
Base, AssembledThe base chain sits waiting for the top cap. Also shown: embedded polycarbonate window in the door panel.
Photo by Nicole Jahraus
Capping the BaseVelcro combines the cap and the base to create a free standing dome.Photo by Nicole Jahraus
Starry SkyEmbedded LEDs under the veneer create a soft, starry glow. Sadly, the veneer ended up failing, despite previous glue and steam tests.
Cooking RocksPreparing the key ingredientPhoto by Nicole Jahraus
Room for 6The last photo before the sweat.
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