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Corning Museum of Glass – Breaking Glass Bleachers

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Corning Museum of Glass – Breaking Glass Bleachers

Corning, New York

Requested by the Corning Museum of Glass, this research project was an opportunity to explore an iterative design process completely within the Grasshopper user environment. CRAFT teamed up with Smith-Miller+Hawkinson to design a new auditorium to be suspended within the existing Korean Warera military warehouse. To analyze the highly customized design, SM+H and CRAFT developed a feedback loop within Grasshopper utilizing Karamba3D for analysis. The structure’s design exclusively used bent perforated lightgage sheet metal for the primary and secondary structural components, stairways, railings and seating. The thickness of the material, the depth of the folded plate components and the percentage of perforation were all variables adjusted to optimize the structural performance of the completed assembly. 

(Image Credit: Smith-Miller+Hawkinson Architects) 

ArchitectSmith-Miller+Hawkinson Architects