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CORALYTE is a site specific installation designed, fabricated, and installed by Emergent Design for our Artisan's Asylum 30-day residency. CORALYTE creates a spatial experience that changes as you move through it, giving the sensation of being inside a coral ecosystem. Inspired by the skeletal remains of coral polyps, the proportions of CORALYTE were designed to bring a first person experience of coral to the human scale.
Computationally designed and digitally fabricated, the self-supporting structure is laser cut from 146 sheets of bristol paper, and is fully assembled without the use of glue, tape, or permanent fixtures - only binder clips. CORALYTE is over 13 feet tall and 17 feet wide. Through a simulated physics-based formfinding process, CORALYTE was designed such that each piece is in tension with each other, leading naturally to a structurally resilient form.