Ecotone Research institute

Ecotone Research institute in Porto Alegre, Brazil
FABRICATION LAB

Student:

Isabel Oyuela-Bonzani (M.Des Critical Conservation 2021)

Program:

Personal project for a research with Professor Tao DuFour. 2014

Project:

Ecotone Research institute in Porto Alegre, Brazil

This is a site model of an ecological research center in the Delta do Jacui near Porto Alegre Brazil.
This is a site model of an ecological research center in the Delta do Jacui near Porto Alegre Brazil.

This is a site model of an ecological research center in the Delta do Jacui near Porto Alegre Brazil.

The site is made from planks of Peruvian Walnut laminated together.
The site is made from planks of Peruvian Walnut laminated together.

The site is made from planks of Peruvian Walnut laminated together. The 3’x3′ site was then cnc’d with topography and small 1/16″ holes. The trees were represented by piano wire and inserted into the drilled holes. This surface was then hand sanded with very fine sand paper and treated with mineral oil as a polishing agent. A mixture of bees wax and mineral oil also provides a professional finish.

The pylons which supported the research center were also drilled in advance with the cnc. The building components are made from Peruvian Walnut veneer and are cut on the laser cutter. Peruvian walnut veneer sheets are excellent for laser cutting because they show minimal burning and can be cut to about 1/16″ thickness without breaking (View image 1, the mullions of the back window wall are 1/16″ wide).


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