MC/2* is the latest prototype by Vlad Tenu from the Minimal Complexities series , an architectural design research focused on the form-finding and fabrication of minimal surface structures. Computationally generated, the surfaces use an algorithmic process inspired by principles of self-organisation found in nature, while conforming to various construction and digital fabrication parameters. Along the lines of modularity and efficiency through the repetition of identical components, intricately complex surfaces are created with only a few types of component, with applications in architecture, product and fashion design.
In line with the previous experiments in achieving increased formal complexity with minimum amount of different constituent modules, MC/2* is created with only 2 different types of component. Reduced to a minimal level of tessellation, the surface is composed of 500 pieces and it proves to have a remarkable structural integrity, despite the flexible nature of the material used – 1mm thick laser-cut polypropylene. Based on a Neovius triply periodic minimal surface, the structure is composed of 250 modular regions, each created by 2 different pieces.