1:1 Scale model - using Rhino, Grasshopper, laser cutter and 1040 rivets.
Physical model surface pattern emphaised when illuminated
Fastening system of tabs and rivets through steel washers
Overtime the plants grow their roots throughout the media and down into the water, where they take up excess nutrients in the same way that natural wetlands function as a natural filtration system. Examples of the same principles of floating wetlands can be found in the city of Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens as well as in North America and New Zealand.
Individual (Philip Skewes) early concept proposal for a stormwater rubbish catcher using a similar Grasshopper algorithm later in the group project.
Transformation of the Floating Wetlands over time as the roots grow down into the water
1:1 scale model on site at Merri Creek in the city of Melbourne.
The form of our project came from explorations Vicky Li and I had explored in looking at soft coral forms and marine flatworms using Grasshopper. The concept for the filtration system was developed off my initial proposal for a garbage catcher at the end of the storm water drains into the creek. Using forms developed by Vicky in her individual project, Dora and Vicky developed an algorithm that resulted in the final prefabricated form. Victor developed algorithms for fabrication as well as calculating our material and cost requirements to exact figures using grasshopper. With this information about our project we were able to identify serious cost problems. For example the number of rivets we needed were 1040. The rivets from our current supplier would have cost us over $200AUD, causing a serious cost blowout. I was able to locate a wholesale specialist across town, who sold us 1500 rivets for $45AUD. Without this ability to account for every aspect of the project in terms of cost it would have been too great a financial imposition for us to build.