Stock Space

Stock Space was an exercise in subtraction. The space was conceived of as a solid void and was created through the removal of stock material from a conceptually full volume that measured 24′ long x 18′ wide x 12′ tall. Medium density EPS foam in 4’x 8′ x 16” modules provided a light and machinable medium capable of recording the vestigial marks of fabrication as well as providing adequate dampening and insulation. The resulting assemblage of stacked modules embodied traits of the orthographic grid associated with the length and width of the stock, the topographic contours associated with the depth of the stock and the isoparametric grooves of the resulting surface.

The collective composition of these elements was the analytical result of maximum machining curvature. The patterned flow of the machining grooves enforced the dense flow and movement of visitors through the space.

This was an investigation of limits. Material had to fit through doors and on our CNC milling table. It had to clear staircases, be carried by hand and be stored compactly within the confines of our fabrication area.

Stock Space was part of an invited exhibition of four concept spaces at the 2005 Toronto Interior Design Show. Modest in budget and ephemeral in nature, STOCK SPACE was installed, exhibited and dismantled over a five day period at the Toronto National Trade Center. Occupying 450 SF within a 110,000 SF convention center, STOCK SPACE was small, vertical, warm and quiet, in contrast to the immense horizontality of the mechanically cooled trade floor and the pervasive sound of nearly 40,000 exhibitors and attendees.

Stock Space was an exercise in subtraction. The space was conceived of as a solid void and was created through the removal of stock material from a conceptually full volume that measured 24′ long x 18′ wide x 12′ tall. Medium density EPS foam in 4’x 8′ x 16” modules provided a light and machinable medium capable of recording the vestigial marks of fabrication as well as providing adequate dampening and insulation. The resulting assemblage of stacked modules embodied traits of the orthographic grid associated with the length and width of the stock, the topographic contours associated with the depth of the stock and the isoparametric grooves of the resulting surface.

Project News

AD: Interior Atmospheres

Preston, Julieanna. "Affecting Data." AD Interior Atmospheres May-June 2008: 41.

Look for Stock Space alongside the work of Andrew Kudless and Kevin Klinger in the May/June issue of AD.

 

Synthetic Landscapes | Digital Exchange

Williamson, Shane. "Stock Space." Synthetic Landscapes | Digital Exchange. Ed. Cory Clarke, Gregory Luhan, Phillip Anzalone, and Mark Cabrinha. University of Kentucky: Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), 2006. 546-47.

Shane contributes a paper to this year’s ACADIA Conference Proceedings.

Williamson, Shane. “Stock Space.” Synthetic Landscapes | Digital Exchange. Ed. Cory Clarke, Gregory Luhan, Phillip Anzalone, and Mark Cabrinha. University of Kentucky: Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), 2006. 546-47.

Responsive Architectures: Subtle Technologies

Williamson, Shane. "Stock Space." Responsive Architectures: Subtle Technologies 2006. Ed. Philip Beesley, Sachiko Hirosue, Jim Ruxton, Marion Trankle, and Camille Turner. [Cambridge, Ont.]: Riverside Architectural, 2006. 152-57.

Williamson, Shane. “Stock Space.” Responsive Architectures: Subtle Technologies 2006. Ed. Philip Beesley, Sachiko Hirosue, Jim Ruxton, Marion Trankle, and Camille Turner. [Cambridge, Ont.]: Riverside Architectural, 2006. 152-57.

Stock Space profiled in Azure

Pagliacolo, Elizabeth. “Material World: Digital Production Methods.” Azure, June 2006, 118.

Interior Design Show Concept Space

The 2005 Interior Design Show was held at the National Trade Centre, Exhibition Centre, Toronto, from February 10 – 13 2005. StockSpace, an installation designed and fabricated by WILLIAMSONWILLIAMSON and a dedicated crew of master’s students at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture, was commissioned for and exhibited at the Interior Design Show’s annual display of Concept Spaces. Other invited participants included Will Alsop Architects and Saucier Perrotte Architects.

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