Inspired by a wishbone’s simultaneous rigidity and flexibility achieved through geometry and material thickness, this assembly system manipulates residual tensile forces to control structure, form, and phenomena.
Two layers of wood veneer are laminated with perpendicularly oriented grains to create a flexible, lightweight module that can withstand multi-directional forces. Each module is held in tension by surrounding modules, bowing to create a cupped form in the resultant surface. This surface geometry can be controlled by flipping rows of modules front-to-back to counteract this cupping while providing increased rigidity through oppositional forces. Scripting is used to control the opacity and transparency of each module, as well as generating a perforation pattern on each module that allows for bending while admitting diffuse light.