Barnacle Board


A simple grid of 1″ rectangles that transition into a rippled field of varying circle apertures.


In this exercise I wanted to control as many variables as possible while isolating the variation to simple the diameter of the aperture of the cones. I also wanted to utilize modern modeling technologies and test precision by transitioning an orthogonal square to an organic circle.

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Achieving both control and variation in this prototype was accomplished using a Grasshopper Script in Rhino. With the end goal of creating a grid of lofted pyramidal/conical hybrid surfaces that exhibit varying aperture sizes, I simplified the Grasshopper definition into three main parts.

  1. Create a grid of squares with corresponding offset circles
  2. varying the size of the circles around an attraction point
  3. Lofting the grid of squares to the circles, creating cones.



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