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MM-Tent - 'Membrella'


MM-Tent - Membrella - 2008

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Project Coordination: Daniel Coll I Capdevila, Jeffrey Turko

Project team: Daniel Coll I Capdevila, Jeffrey Turko, Mattia Gambardella, Pavel Hladik, Gudjon Erlendsson

Engineering Consultants: Buro Happold, London

The MM-Tent project presents a new type of working space that is a spatial experience of modulating light and varied transparencies. Embodied in a lightweight perforated umbrella structure. Easily deployable, the MM -Tent rests delicately in place supported on its stiletto like vertical elements into a sculpted base. The minimal fabric patches combine together into a lattice like surface that sculpts the space into defined zones that can be occupied. This is then defined further in combination with a sculpted base of occupiable surfaces that can be used for sitting and resting.

The levels of transparency between spaces change as one moves around and through the Mm-Tent. Offering a multitude of privacy from view for the occupier. The latticed volume creates varied diffused light conditions, modulating light much like the canopy of a tree. Producing a gradient of light conditions for users that need minimal light for the use of computers and brighter light conditions for reading. The structure of the MM -Tent is an umbrella structure. Rods act as compression members that create the flexible skeletal system for the MM -Tent. When unfolded it snaps into place with the fabric patches supporting the structure much like muscle in tension.

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Publications by members of OCEAN

Turko, J.P., Sunguroglu Hensel, D., Sevaldson, B.R. (2012). 'OCEAN'. In: Grobman, Y.J, and Neuman, E. eds. Performalism - Form and Performance in Digital Architecture. London: Routledge, 142-149.