A Parametric “Hive” for Children
Hexigloo pavilion, Bucharest, Romania. Photo by Bence Pap.
A recent design workshop in Bucharest reveals the extent to which parametric design may provide an engaging platform for generating children’s play structures. One of the installations created in the workshop, entitled "Hexigloo,” is a structure composed of cellular hexicombs of varying aperture sizes. Resembling a wasp nest emerging from the ground like an undulating, deformed land mass, Hexigloo is made of laser-cut cardboard components that are inherently rigid based on their internal geometry and the interlocking of individual parts using snap-ties.
To make Hexigloo, students used VB.NET script to produce nearly 200 elements, which required laser-cutting 2200 linear meters out of 6mm-thick cardboard. Although the installation—which has been especially popular among children—will be short-lived, the same process could be used with longer-lasting materials to create enduring play structures that spark imagination and creativity.