By Craig Boney, James Coleman and Andrew Manto, graduate students in the Department of Architecture (Course 4)
Stairwell of Building 3
A stairwell transformed by a shimmering conduit designed to inspire delight, wonder and communication between the floors. Both airy and robust, the piece is created by hundreds of components cut by water jet from thin aluminum flashing and fastened to their neighbors by thousands of zip ties. Thin steel cables spiral down through the components along the diagonals of the regulating hexagonal grid to form an internal diagrid that gives the system additional strength. The result is a light-catching, attention-grabbing demonstration of student imagination and ingenuity.