The form of Luminaire le Roc is constructed of a heavyweight 200g/m2 paper, FSC-certified with 100% post-consumer content. Light sources are efficient 220 lumen LED lamps.
A parametric design workflow allowed iteration and variation in the design process while constantly providing data on the number of sheets of material used, efficiency of material usage, CNC cutting time (energy required to fabricate), length of edge to join, and projected time necessary to complete the entire project. Material was assiduously nested on sheets to create optimal efficiency in material usage.
Lumiere le roc is the extension of a long-running formal and geometric exploration of space-filling voxels into the realm of lighting design. Constructed of heavy-weight paper numerically cut and hand assembled, the light floats ethereally in space, a glitched-out cloud or facets made volumetric. A parameterized workflow allowed iteration and variation in the design process while constantly providing design feedback in order to gauge constructability and feasibility including the number of sheets of material used, efficiency of material usage, CNC cutting length (and time), length of edge to join, and projected time necessary to complete the entire project.
This data-rich workflow allowed intelligent design decisions to be made within the context of the project design and fabrication, actual materials used, and fabrication methods. If we take furniture and object design by architects to be not just a formal or functional exploration, but a series of small-scale experiments meant to investigate ideas and methodologies applicable to our large scale work, such an integrated workflow could be seen as the logical extension of current parametric workflows, though extended by allowing a single design-build entity to control both concept and execution of the design.