Haresh Lalvani: HyperSurfaces

  • ©2008, Haresh Lalvani





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    laser-cut stainless steel


Artist Statement:

    In 1981, Haresh Lalvani developed a geometric generalization of the Penrose tiling as a projection from higher dimensions. This work led to his discovery and subsequent patenting of a large class of number-coded convex and non-convex tessellations embodying the generative paradigm “Shape by Number”. Milgo-Bufkin has introduced HyperGrills as one application of Lalvani’s tiling designs in laser-cut sheet metal.

    In the 80’s and 90’s, Lalvani extended these tessellations into large classes of 3-dimensional structures that could be constructed from systems of nodes, struts and panels. These patented inventions were amongst the first examples of modular construction systems enabling irregular and fractal spatial geometries in the building arts. Included amongst these were Lalvani’s HyperSurfaces, a new mathematical class of surface subdivisions that combined aperiodic tilings with any curved surface.

    The example of a hypersurface panel-system shown here is constructed from laser-cut stainless steel components. We are looking to extend these into active and passive smart structures in view of our interest in responsive architecture.