- Furniture Factory
- Stage I - Programmatic Design
The project aims to design a furniture factory with profile manufacturing containing: assembly, and the sales of furniture for households and houses. Adapting to current building standards, marketing and trade distribution.
First stage of the design assignment was to develop a functional scheme for furniture factory including technological process and manufacturing stages. On-site visit in the one of the biggest furniture factory in Cracow showed complexity of the manufacturing processes and spatial communication. The challenges associated with the visual connection of two different facilities: office and representative space with production hall. Main design ambition is to combine production hall and office facility within one consistent surface. At the same time maintaining the optimum operating conditions for both parts.
- Main characteristic of the production hall is linear flow production type. Flow methods mean that as work on a task at a particular stage is complete, it must be passed directly to the next stage for processing without waiting for the remaining tasks in the “batch”. When it arrives at the next stage, work must start immediately on the next process. In order for the flow to be smooth, the times that each task requires on each stage must be of equal length and there should be no movement off the flow production line. In theory, therefore, any fault or error at a particular stage. In this particular example production is composed of two flows: Incoming intermediate products flow and outcomming products flow.Main idea behind the project is to gather all the required program into inside one consistent enclosure. However, it is important to visually distinguish between different parts of the buildings facilities. To emphasise different activities within one building block body inside fluid flow theory was used.
- A streamline is a path traced out by a massless particle as it moves with the flow. It is easiest to visualize a streamline if it move along with the body (as opposed to moving with the flow).
When fluid is flowing past a solid boundary, e.g. the surface of an aerofoil or the wall of a pipe, fluid obviously does not flow into or out of the surface. So very close to a boundary wall the flow direction must be parallel to the boundary. At all points the direction of the streamline is the direction of the fluid velocity: this is how they are defined. Close to the wall the velocity is parallel to the wall so the streamline is also parallel to the wall.
- Stage II - Project opymalisation
- The main driver in designing a factory building is its ergonomic and workflow optimisation . In this case challenge was to optimise previous design double curved surface enclosure and provide sufficient amount of natural light inside office rooms.
The implementation of freeform shapes in architecture is an area which encompasses great challenges in engineering as well as novel design ideas, and which consequently has high public exposure. However, the geometric basics of realizing double curved surfaces as e.g. steel/glass constructions with planar faces remained largely unexplored. Planar quadrilateral faces and true freeform geometries seemed mutually exclusive. Only recently the high potential of optimized mesh geometries has been realised.