From the clay models I made, I made them into OBJ’s, as previously shown. Placing these into 3DS, I used modifiers to make mesh models. The concept of these is to envelop a large amount of the site, covering the area where the factory sits. The remainder is only partially covered, protecting some of the flora and fauna from extreme conditions.
There are no natural parks, they are manicured and planned, and there are few places in London for children to see a more natural landscape. As the ethos of the soap factory is a more transparent and educational approach to how it is manufactured, it is fitting to show other natural scenes on site. Also, the addition of bees on site will contribute to the large variety of plants, and in turn insects and small animals on site.
Axo approach to site.
An interesting use of After Effects.
Using the 123D Catch, I have imported one of the clay models into Rhino. Before editing and refining, I placed it next to the model I had previously tried to make solely in Rhino. The handmade model is simple to make far more complex, due to my basic knowledge in Rhino, and the method of wire frame manipulation used in the Rhino model. On the left is a basic model of the retail space above the factory, and the access path into it. This path route can also be seen in the plan view where I shaped a curve into the profile specifically for this.(And a thanks to Robin for the 123D suggestion previously!)
After looking more at the formation of beehives and honeycomb, I made some small scale physical models of the form the cover over the site. It will be a semi permeable canopy, to cover the factory, and provide a little respite for the foliage from the weather. It will also house beehives, encouraging other nature to flourish in the area.
As the building is going to excavate a volume beneath itself to store some of the products, this illustration showed nicely how this can be illustrated.
A dual relevance has appeared; the tallow the building is using can be used for soap, or as is (possibly with essential oils for scent) as candle wax. Another popular ingredient in candles is beeswax. A mixture of the two waxes would produce a more interesting, and probably better smelling product. In addition, as I have looked at space frames, and decided on hexagonal and triangular structural forms, inspiration for form can be drawn from ancient architects themselves, bees. Bees have been kept by humans for over 5000 years, and will have been building hives for thousands of years prior, perfecting the technique. The shapes produced are beautiful and efficient, qualities desired for my factory.