Madison Avenue (Doll)house

Architect: REX
Owner: Calvin Klein

SITU Fabrication consulted on the fabrication system and material selection of the (Doll)house, which is composed of a welded steel frame clad in an elastic fabric membrane. Half of the faces of the triangulated form are hinged and can be smoothly opened and closed with the assistance of gas springs. 

The form of the (Doll)house is produced from the shift and rotation of four rectangular floor slabs, which are connected by triangulated faces.  A series of parallel steel mullions within each face further stiffen the triangulated frame while also providing support for the acrylic glazing.  Once the general structural concept was established, SITU Fabrication produced a parametric model in Grasshopper interface in order to maintain flexibility over the developing design as well as to facilitate with part production.  The positions of each floor slab and steel memebers, as well as all of the material cross sections, were parametrically adjusted as the geometry was modified by the architect and structural engineer.