Commissioned by New Jersey architect, Dean Marchetto, this addition to a former church (now the architect's office) provided a challenging opportunity to test 3D modeling and fabrication techniques with a geometrically complex form. Originally designed as part of studio research at the Product Architecture lab at Steven's Institute, the APSE's formal complexity is manifest in an arrangement of "shells" that respond to site geometry, sun angles, and specific qualities of light and air. Caliper, working with original CATIA models, developed this research into buildable assemblies and components that could be shop fabricated and installed on a tight site in a residential neighborhood. The entire project has been parametrically modeled using both CATIA and SolidWorks and these models were heavily relied on throughout the fabrication and installation process for precision laser cutting and pipe rolling. Still pending are glazing, an interior plaster skin, and lasercut zinc exterior panels.
Date of completion: 2008