Tex-Fab recently announced their winning entry for this year’s Repeat Competition given to Vlad Tenu‘s, ‘Minimal Complexity’. A new resource for designers, fabricators and students seeking out the innovative application of digital technology to the physical environment, Tex-Fab chose this project for its structural robustness, material efficiency and an inherent logic of assembly. Along with its aesthetic beauty, technical superiority and elegance of detailing put this project above the other 72 entries from across the globe. More project description and photos after the break.
A minimal periodic surface structure is created with the repetition of only 16 different components. A macro-scaled modular cellular pattern emerges through symmetry that is infinitely expandable and open-ended while becoming differentiated at its edges. Ornament functions as a simultaneous expression of the whole and the part working in dynamic equilibrium.
Vlad Tenu is a Romanian Architect based in London. His ongoing research focuses on the integration of computation, science and technology in the architectural design process, involving generative computational methods, digital fabrication techniques and interactive design. He studied architecture in Iasi, Lisbon and in London at the Bartlett, UCL, where he was awarded a Msc in Adaptive Architecture & Computation and a Certificate in Advanced Architectural Research.
His latest project, ‘Minimal Complexity’ was exhibited for three months as part of Constructing Realities Exhibition at the ARUP Phase2 Gallery in London in summer 2010. Additionally, Vlad presented a paper entitled ‘Minimal Surfaces as Self-Organising Systems’ at the ACADIA Conference which took place at the Cooper Union in New York in October 2010.
Vlad is involved in teaching at the Bartlett as an assistant for the Embodied and Embedded Technologies module within the Msc AAC. HIs professional experience covers a wide range of projects and competitions. Currently Vlad is working with Surface Architects, an award winning design practice based in London.