Architectural prototyping can be defined as a process of making a scaled-down model of the final building. For architects and designers making prototype is one of the most significant medium which encourage communication between the architects/designers and other relevant collaborated professionals in the project team. Architectural prototype allows information to be embedded and represented through the medium. What actually can be handled or represented by this kind of medium – prototype? of course it would be a limited amount of information regarding to the objectives of the prototype itself. Here, we put MP Tower 1.0 prototype and its prototyping process as a case of study.
In the previous posting, we have describe about the form generation process. The prototyping of MP Tower 1.0 skin can be seen as a further step in the skin design/form generation process —on where the digital information should be well preserved and translated into a scaled-down physical model through production machine. Beside the prototype represents the expression of the building skin, it also simulates some particular qualities that quite difficult to be perceived in 2 dimensional information. Our objectives for the MP tower 1.0 prototyping is to inform qualities such as: shading qualities, spatial depth, detail and complexity of geometry that related to construction, etc. These objectives are selected according to prototype scale and machine which gave constraints and limitation of what kind of information that can be conveyed.
The final scale/dimension of the architectural prototype gives significant consequences to the kind of information that possible to be conveyed. As requested by the client −PT Arga Calista Desain−, the dimension of the arch. prototype should ease for presentation purpose, which was decided that the overall height of the model equal to 30 cm. Through this size of the prototype, the information that possible to be conveyed are the constructional geometric complexity and building articulation that facilitated by the overall expression of the building envelope. Therefore, there is no necessity to build the architectural entities of the inner space of the building.
MP Tower envelope – prototyping test