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A Verse in Architecture Robert Helbock Clemson University 2016-2017


Carpenter’s Elipse- Fall 2016

The term parametric modeling originally comes from mathematics and refers to the use of certain parameters that can be manipulated or formed into a system or equation. Ellipses, unlike circles, have two focal points instead of one. This gives two oppurtunities to uniformly alter their appearance and then the composition as a whole. In my studies, I wanted to show the steady progression of an evolving shape. One theme that was continued throughout my design process was “hidden conjuctions�. In all of the digital iterations displayed, there is a moment in every frame when the transition from one extension to another is hidden. This gives an air of mystery to the piece and challenges the oberserver think about the relationship as they move throughout.


Shapes Carving Shapes- Fall 2016

The Boolean Operation is not only a well known principle, but a clear one. We have utilized the Boolean technique for centuries. Some times it was used simply to carve a shape out of a block of matieral and recently, it is used to create a unique shape or system by cutting into a general shape with more intricate segments. I started my experimentation with the Boolean operation by making a wireframe model that blatantly showed how each shape was penetrating the larger box and thus creating new shapes within. My theme while creating each study and then in the final was to show connections. I also expressed the easy flow through the shape that was cut by the Boolean operation. As shown by some of the pictures, I truly summarized this idea of true and easy connections by showing that the sun can easily shine through the shape via the tunnels created by the Boolean operation.


Plane Surface Volume- Fall 2016

The ancient art of oragami is actually a fascinating form of architecture that transforms a material with basically zero thickness into a whole 3-dimmensional shape. After forming three distinct fold patterns during my study process, I wanted to convey in each of my structures an extruded detail. All three of my folded plate creations have a distinct verse that contrasts from one another but keeps within my desired theme. My main goal was to highlight the inverse folds in each of my designs.


Ruled Surfaces- Fall 2016

A ruled surface is created with a series of straight lines that transform into a curve as a wholistic piece. This technique is relatively simple in terms of construction. A learning curve that I experienced as I reproduced my study models was that the curvature of the ruled surface could be changed based on the thickness of the “lines” being used. As seen in the pictures of my models compared to my analog drawings, the three-dimmensional versions have different curvature and slopes. This is because of the tension of the dowels while converging each “line” compared to pen and paper not having to fight for the space. After a second look after finishing, I believe that the difference in 3D curvature aided my model as a whole. It not only created spaces not shown in the drawing, but helps to connect the eye as it follows the design of the model from one verse to the other.


Where the Sky Meets the Earth- Fall 2016

The circumstance of this project was to design a viewing observatory in the middle of a national park. The thought process behind the design and exterior material of the lookout was to promote a general idea of relaxation and tranquility througout the space. The exterior material was carefully chosen and laid out so that the oberserver would gain light from the outside while also feeling linked to the nature around them. It was nicknamed “skin and bones� because of the relationship between the structural beams and the repetitive language of the modernistic facade. The unique exterior also helped me with my goal of controlling the observer as they move through the space. The long horizontal grid of the facade pulls one in towards the eastern view framed by the large port. It also showcases the seating area at the end of the oberservatory along with the diamond-cavity-wall.


One World Trade Center, NYC

The Oculus at One World Trade Center, NYC


Sophomore Year Portfolio