Steambent Timber Pavilion, (Gwyllim Jahn, Cameron Newnham, Soomeen Hahm, Igor Pantic), Tallinn Architecture Biennial, Photograph by Tonu Tunnel

Steampunk is a pavilion constructed from steam-bent hardwood timber using primitive hand tools augmented with the precision of intelligent holographic guides. Sean Guy will discuss the unique approach the pavilion takes to high-tolerance design and construction, and will share techniques developed for approximately simulating rather than explicitly modelling all of the geometry in the design. Sean will also showcase how the digital model was translated to interactive holographic instructions using Fologram, and how these instructions enabled fabrication teams to shape 12 meter timber parts into the complex and unique curves in the design. The timber elements in the structure are steam-bent over an adaptable, moldless formwork using a holographic model as a reference to the desired result.  Rendering digital models as holographic overlays directly within construction environments enables fabricators to use their own expertise and inventiveness to produce highly intricate and complex objects. Fabricators can intuitively adapt bending techniques or formwork positions until physical parts match digital models within accepted tolerances. By demonstrating that complex digital models can be fabricated by hand without traditional drawings or CNC machine code, the pavilion aims to democratize the production of more performative, expressive and bespoke architectural designs and serve as a deliberate polemic in the context of widespread robotic fabrication and automation.

Steambent Timber Pavilion, (Gwyllim Jahn, Cameron Newnham, Soomeen Hahm, Igor Pantic), Tallinn Architecture Biennial, Photograph by Tonu Tunnel

Sean Guy

Sean is the Product Manager for Fologram for Rhino and Grasshopper. Fologram is a technology startup and based in Melbourne, Australia, where they are developing mixed reality software for AEC. Sean conducts extensive design research exploring use cases and applications of the Fologram for Rhino platform, and this design practice has been internationally awarded in projects such as the recently completed Tallinn Architecture Biennial Pavilion. Sean holds a MArch from RMIT University and has a background in algorithmic design and advanced fabrication in architecture. He has industry experience in developing large-scale 3D printing and robotic fabrication applications for permanent building structures as a Project Leader at Studio Roland Snooks. Sean has previously held academic leadership positions at RMIT, Melbourne and Monash Universities where he has developed design courses in mixed reality, robotic fabrication, 3D printing, behavioural design systems and creative applications of machine learning.