Students of Ball State Construct Parametric Tensegrity Structure for Local Art Fair

© Gernot Riether

A group of architecture students from , together with professors Gernot Riether and Andrew Wit, have transformed a post-industrial landscape in Muncie, , into a new destination for the city’s local art fair with the construction of the Underwood Pavilion. The parametric tensegrity structure, made from 56 lightweight, self-shading modules of Elastan fabric, provides visitors with refuge from the sun and framed views of the surrounding landscape. 

More about the structure, after the break.

Thesis = Business: PROJECTiONE


Recent graduates of the Masters program at Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning, Adam Buente and Kyle Perry have spent the last couple years developing their unique interests and ideas into a of their own. Working with fellow students Elizabeth Boone and Eric Brockmeyer, they began a collaborative graduate thesis project focused on exploring the possibilities of design and fabrication via digital equipment as a platform. After their first year out of school they have begun to independently manage their based company. PROJECTiONE recently produced the ACADIA competition winner HYPERLAXITY and boast other projects such as EXOtique, bitMAPS, and Radiance. Words and images from the PROJECTiONE team after the break.



Architects: PROJECTiONE
Location: Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana,
Photographs: Courtesy of PROJECTiONE

Straw Bale Eco Center / Students of Ball State University Department of Architecture

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Located on an 80 acre field station on the prairie of , Indiana the Straw Bale Eco Center was a community project between Ball State University Department of Architecture students, professors, building professionals, elementary school students and the general public. The classroom and ecology center was a project of complete collaboration, resulting in immersion learning, education outreach and research initiatives, it is the first carbon neutral load bearing straw bale public building in the region.

The Straw Bale Eco Center was awarded the 2008 Merit Award for Excellence in Architectural Design by AIA Indiana, 2008 Alternative Power and Energy Award, 2008 Accent on Architecture Award, and 2007 Green Building Initiative Award.

More photographs and drawings following the break.

Architects: Students of Ball State University Department of Architecture; Faculty Coordinator Timothy Gray, Gray Architecture
Location: 5800 Bethel Avenue Muncie, Indiana
Client: Field Station Oversight Committee, Ball State University
Project Area: 500 sqf
Project Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Gray Architecture
Drawings: Dan Bajor