Performative Ceramic Screens was a research-led teaching project organised by the Emergent Ceramics Lab at the Liverpool School of Architecture. The workshop focused on the design and fabrication of a prototype of sustainable ceramic light-diffusing ceiling for a museum, to distribute daylight while protecting light-sensitive art pieces.
The final design comprises of series of slipcast porcelain tubes, shaped using a Voronoi grid system and with an undulating lower surface to break up the regularity of a standard honeycomb diffusion system. The porcelain tubes will be arranged in groups of tessellating units and hung in a metal frame.
As part of the workshop I produced a mockup of a small section (4500mm x 3000mm) of the ceiling at a scale of 1:10, which was 3D printed and then installed in a wooden grid. A heliodon was then used to analyse the performance of the model, Ecotcet was also used to verify the results on a larger scale. A smaller section of the ceiling is now being fabricated from porcelain.