Phalanx began as an exercise to test the structural and aesthetic potentials of low grade lumber, in this case 2x4s and redwood lath. As experimentation progressed it became apparent that the lath wanted to become a decorative feature fixed to the 2x4 lumber. Delving deeper into this research I began to feel that it would be more worth while to begin to experiment less in lath textured structure and more in finding a way for the lath to play just as big a role as the 2x4s. So I took precedent from wooden japanese toys and developed an interlocking system of 2x2s that would create single 3-dimensional units. These units get aggregated through the use of lath that are inserted into the ends of the 2x2s.

After the first exercise we were given the task to take our final experiments and design a pavillion of which the program could be a tool shed, bathroom, or a goat pen. The project began to take shape programatically when I felt that the module lent itself as being the tool shed due to it’s aggregative qualities. Through a series of massing exercises, the tool shed takes form as an intricate box that is then eroded away for the tools it is meant to hold.

Mentored by Elizabeth Timme, Jeanine Centuori,
Oscar Coreletto
Woodbury University