This publication presents François Roche’s Water Flux, a project for a geology and glaciology museum and research centre in the Swiss Alps.
Water Flux, begun in 2007 but never realized, involved digital design to control an automated manufacturing process. It was conceived as a monolithic structure in wood milled from local forests, resting on a reinforced concrete base. Roche and his office, R&Sie(n), developed the design through a digital 3D model and used parametric analysis to determine the exact structural conditions needed to realize the form. This digital information would then be applied to a milling process through computer numerical control (CNC), and the lumber would be transported for assembly on site.
As part of a multiyear project that includes three exhibitions on twenty-five seminal projects, the CCA and Greg Lynn are publishing a series of digital publications recording conversations with key architects. The epubs are heavily illustrated with photos, drawings, renderings, videos, PDFs, and interactive 3D models.
In English. Edited by Greg Lynn. Design and development by Linked by Air, New York.