System Design


The system for the module's geometry is based upon Penrose tiling, a mathematical system of two-dimensional tile shapes developed by Sir Roger Penrose. The shapes can be combined in a variety of ways to create larger forms, and are particularly flexible and useful for the purposes of our project . 

Panels shown below would be used to create the volumetric forms. Basic shapes are cut from standard sized 4'x 8'(48"x 96") panels, which is the universal standard size for most sheet goods providing the option of many different materials. 


We have chosen to use the 'kite'and the'dart'tile shapes for Library lab. Using only these two shapes, many forms useful for creating the modules we need can be easily assembled. Constructed from a minimum number of parts, the horizontal forms are combined with various vertical forms to create tall objects, work surfaces, seating, and storage elements. Several objects can be easily combined to create larger forms to some the needed functions. 


img1 The proposed system takes the two dimensional flexibility of penrose tiling and extrudes them into three dimensions. Using a relatively small number of forms, a very wide array of larger configurations are possible. There are extrusions of the Dart and Kite shapes at 6'; 18'', 36"(desk height), and 96" (wall height) . Padded seating (at 18"). In addition, there are Dart and Kite Table height units with legs.