Shift in Scale - Makers Fabrication

Shift in Scale


Design: The intent was to create a form which focused on ‘shifts in scale’, consisting of; components, surface and spatial volume. The design incorporated the use of; material intersection (Design Iteration 1), scaling (Design Iteration 2) and the forming of interconnected spatial volumes along a path (Design Iterations 3), to form a single object.

Method: A parametric definition was developed allowing control over; the angle of intersection, the shape and size of each component, as well as material thickness. The design process took two weeks, cycling between physical prototypes and digital modelling.

Output: When assembled, the design components shifted in size and thickness of material, intersecting at each end and spiraling down from largest to smallest.  The form created an invisible surface which bridges between components, scaling in size vertically, while the design formally is neither inside or outside. Each material intersection provides the capability to shift from one scale to another. When looking down or looking up through the form, the inside space shifts in scale, but not convincingly, further design iterations will continue this shifting scaled space investigation.

Result: The design was positioned, in the School of Design and Architecture foyer, for public interaction as the feature of an exhibition specifically organised for Jae Warrander’s thesis research. The exhibition ran for two weeks. A time-lapse camera was setup to record the interaction between the form and subject(s) for several days. The design was suspended from the ceiling, with the designs most delicate components being hung 300mm from the ground.  One of the most unexpected outcomes was how people interacted with the design; some individuals lay down on the ground to look up through the form, most individuals examined how the material intersections were created, and generally the form created a point for conversations to take place.


  • Digital Fabrication
  • Exhibition