The Joint Spaces project is a beginning exploration of form, concept, and scale. Starting with a series of 3x3” wooden cubes based on Japanese joinery techniques, the project developed into a complex 9x9” puzzle block that was both expandable and reconfigurable. As the scale and complexity of the cubes increased, action verbs were introduced (dissecting, piercing, inverting, etc.) that directed the spatial goals of the wooden constructions.
Lastly, the final “architectural” model is based on the spatial moments found within the 9x9” cube. These moments take the form of a large mass elevated above the open-air entry (inverting void) and a feature column and staircase that stretches uninterrupted through the height of the structure (piercing line).
3x3” and 6x6” cubes that preceded the 9x9” configuration. Each block experimented with a different joinery technique and word pairing.
The photographic sequence of steps required to reassemble the 9x9” cube into its expanded position, creating a large void in the block’s base.
The 9x9” puzzle cube in its expanded configuration. The cube unpacks from a solid mass into a stacked series of interlocking blocks, elevating the mass of the cube above the base.
The final architectural model, distilling and modifying spaces from the 9x9” cube into human-scale moments.