The diagram

My investigations started by experimenting with the Truchet curve, using the random function to generate rotations of tiles across a grid. If a grid can deal with the building’s overriding structure, this was perceived as a way to generate infinite possibilities of a flexible and adaptable gallery layout within.

Two more schematic plans show the development when the underlying geometry is based on hexagons or octagons. In the first example, rather than rotating a tile the function generates a number of lines from the centre of each cell to random points on its circumference. A rotating wall from a central column? In the second, it randomly defines how many/which sides of the polygon’s perimeter should be drawn. When a scale is added it can be seen how these could become gallery spaces, with permeable flow throughout a number of display areas.

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The potential adaptability of such a system is apparent, but moving forward I hope to develop variables that allow it to be controlled on a realistic set of parameters. This could dictate spaces of different sizes and conditions to suit the specifics of each temporary exhibition, and the requirements of artwork on display. I also wish to investigate the way the grid or modules meet the edges of a hypothetical building. Does it have to be a square? How do we deal with servicing and circulation? Are there repetitions of a gallery module across the lake?

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