Apse

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 Studio, working with original CATIA models, developed research into buildable assemblies and components that could be shop fabricated and installed on a tight site in a residential neighborhood. The entire project was parametrically modeled using both CATIA and SolidWorks and these models were relied on heavily throughout the fabrication and installation process and specifically for precision laser cutting and pipe rolling.

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