The design refers to geometries and matheamtics of minimal surfaces. Minimal surfaces, or Optimal geometries, are surfaces with a mean curvature of zero.
Minimal surfaces are equivalently described as one that is equally bent in all directions so as to have zero average curvature, and can be understood as the surfaces of smallest area spanning a given contour.
The study of minimal surfaces is a branch of differential geometry, because the methods of differential calculus are applied to geometrical problems.
Unbordered minimal surfaces have the property that each point is the center of a small patch that behaves like a soapfilm relative to its boundary contour.
Physical models of area-minimizing minimal surfaces can be made by dipping a wire frame into a soap solution, forming a soap film, which is a minimal surface whose boundary is the wire frame.
Moebius strip and klein bottle are among individual non-orientable minimal surface.The design uses the geometrical characteristics of the modules to allow for high degree of variations and compositions the ornamental aspect is derived by structural and geometrical properties of the module itself.Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher Project Team: Ludovico Lombardi, Viviana Muscettola, Michele Pasca di Magliano
Client: MAGIS, Italy
Material: Liquid wood – white finishing (TBC)
Size: Free standing Module S – 45*45*45cm Free standing Module L – 45*45*135cm Wall Module S – 45*27.5*45cm Wall Module L – 45*27.5*135cm Project year: 2010 Photographs: Courtesy of MAGIS