Corning Museum of Glass – Breaking Glass Bleachers

Corning, New York

The Breaking Glass Bleacher project at the Corning Museum of Glass was an opportunity to explore an iterative design process completely within the Grasshopper user environment.  Craft Engineering Studio teamed up with Smith-Miller+Hawkinson to design a new auditorium to be suspended within the existing Korean-War-era Military warehouse structure. To analyze the highly customized design, Smith-Miller+Hawkinson and Craft developed a feedback loop within Grasshopper utilizing Karamba 3d for analysis.  The design of the structure relied exclusively on bent perforated lightgage sheet metal for the primary and secondary structural components as well as the stepped walking surfaces, seating and railings.  The thickness of the material, depth of the folded plate components and the percentage of perforation were variables that could be adjusted to optimize the structural performance of the completed assembly.

(Image Credit: Smith-Miller+Hawkinson Architects)