The De-Form Wall is a collaborative design project by Bijl Architecture and AR-MA which forms the unique centrepiece of the Naremburn House. This sculptural wall installation in the central stair void of the dwelling was the result of a series of conversations with the homeowners during the design and documentation process, and was prototyped and developed alongside the design for the custom cantilevering steel and timber stairway. The design was inspired by the topography of the local area.
Covering a wall area of almost 30sqm, the De-Form Wall is a CNC routed Corian panel double-height installation and is an exploration of parametric drawing and scripting in built work. An innovative design process was pursued in the prototyping, design and production of the panels where toolpath arrangements and custom tools produced material effects reviewed in a design feedback loop.
By day, the interplay of shadows created by the natural lighting obtained from the large skylight enlivens the stair void space, whilst at night, the fineness of the line patterns is further enhanced by the artificial lighting effects designed specifically to offset the panel details, which include an integrated, backlit handrail for the stair.
The De-Form Wall was the 2013 winner of the Corian Award in the Residential category.
A research paper "De-Form Wall: A design exploration in toolpaths and surfaces" by Melonie Bayl-Smith, Gabriele Ulacco, Vanessa Tang-Lee and Robert Beson was published in 2013.
Photography by Katherine Lu and Michael Ford