About This Project

Weaving Enclosure is an experimental installation developed by ACTLAB in 2014 and a synthesis of a research on the emergent properties of weaving material system in architecture. From the combination of advanced design techniques and digital crafting, the international workshop UnExpected MateReality 2014 investigated the potentialities of material driven design, in particular focusing on the close correspondence between material properties and assembly in the millenary culture of weaving.

The final prototype is a full scale enclosure system with a self-standing structure based on the frictional interaction between vertical plywood warp elements, and a double set of rattan-based wefts. With the implementation of custom-based design algorithms the bending behavior of woven rattan strands has been computationally embedded and later tuned by extrinsic parameters to modulate the overall geometric features and the gradient of screening ratio.

The final prototype is an 8-meter long by 3.3-meter high sinuous enclosure which partitions open spaces and create a variable field of visual permeability. The weaving system enhances the peculiarity of the antique technique towards the creation of a performative architectural system as emergent expression of tradition and innovation, combination of digital fabrication and handmade crafting.

Promoted by ACTLAB Politecnico di Milano  – Prof. Ingrid Paoletti, Arch. Roberto Naboni

Scientific Development: Roberto Naboni (Project Leader), Luca Breseghello (Computational Design and System Development), Bernardo de Cossio (Material Research and Testing)
Concept  – Workshop UnExpected MateReality – March 2014: Roberto Naboni, Paolo Alborghetti, Bernardo de Cossio (Tutors)
Tanushree Baruah, Luca Breseghello, Inna Burshteyn, Stefano Cagliani, Jair Galván Herrera, Andrea Guaiti Goose, Michael Halfon, Martin Huba, Michael Iannaco, Djeylan Karaulan, Mohammed Kutbi, Ka Sui Leung, Matteo Marchese, Stefano Perin Riz, Bojing Qu, Gerardo Semprebon, Mariela Tsopanova, Claudia Valverde, Andrea Zani, Maia Zheliazkova
Construction  – November 2014: Ofir Albeg, Emilia Atanasova, Edoardo Binda, Inna Burshteyn, Lorenzo Corre, Jair Galván Herrera, Martin Huba, Anja Kunic, Mohammed Kutbi, Ka Sui Leung, Liana Mandradzhieva, Matteo Marchese, Maria-Yoana Nedevska, Eleonora Orlandi, Stefano Perin Riz, Giulia Raggiotto, Gabriella Rossi, Valentina Smirenina, Ana Spiroska, Mariela Tsopanova, Maia Zheliazkova
In collaboration with: Prof. Valter Carvelli (Mechanical Test), Maia Zheliazkova (Communication), Maria Smigielska (Communication), Laboratorio Prove Materiali – Politecnico di Milano, Laboratorio Modelli e Prototipi – Politecnico di Milano
Technical Partner: GD Guidetti e Dassi – Lissone (CNC Fabrication)

Installation, Workshop
custom-based design algorithms, digital fabrication, handmade crafting, plywood, self-standing structure, temporary architecture, weaving material system