AF-Decom Offshore is an engineering company decommissioning oil platforms and other structures in the North Sea. To facilitate internal communication in the planning process, we suggested using physical models such as this one. Objects that you can touch and turn around are easier to relate to than paper or computer screens. This is especially true when coordinating a larger team of workers.
This large polyamide SLS model (approximately 70 cm tall), describes a discarded structure ready to be decommissioned. The model can also be picked to pieces like a puzzle, describing the process chronologically.
Pivot provides courses for Det Norske Veritas. Rhino is an efficient tool for ship design. In fact this is how Rhinoceros came about, as a ship modeling plug-in for Autodesks AutoCad. With Grasshopper, hulls are made parametric for faster simulation of varying hull properties.
All images were made using Maxwell Render, no Photoshop editing needed.
This residential house was designed for a private client. Traditional styling as well as build cost were important parameters for the client. Landscape modeling from SOSI data and visualization of surrounding buildings, were quick and efficient tools for maximizing spatial qualities in the finished project.
All visualizations, plans and construction drawings were made using Rhino 5.
Location: Hosle in Bærum, Norway
Date of completion: Fall 2012
Norwegian Wild Raindeer Pavilion at Dovre.
Another piece of very different architecture by Snøhetta!
Pivot Produktdesign participated in the design of this rare pavilion. We did organic surface modeling of the wooden core, shaping it into a useable and beautiful space. To veify the design, we CNC-milled a scale model in solid oak.
Finally, Djupevik Båtbyggeri produced the wooden interior with their large CNC milling machine.
We were contracted by Snøhetta Architects to work with them on this international architectural competition. The design concept is a light structure, filtering daylight and reflecting light during nighttime. Glass and metal form a structural sandwich to minimize the need for secondary support.
We used Grasshopper plugged into Rhino to parametrize the geometry so it would adapt to different urban situations around the city of San Sebastian in Spain. In the end we fabricated physical models for the competition entry using the same drawings, simply by adjusting the parameter controlling the wall thickness.
A complete new graphic profile for the metro was created by Snøhetta Design
This is an installation model of the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture, that Snøhetta designed for Saudi Aramco. The last of three models of this project we have made with Snøhetta. The project is currently being erected in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. It is made in scale 1:100 which means approximately 5 by 4 meters. The buildings are CNC milled out of massive aluminum blocks by our friends at Shape. The landscape consists of 14 pieces and was milled by us using the 7 axis robotic milling system at Snøhettas workshop. All modeling for production was done by Pivot.
We are excited be working with Narud Stokke Wiig on one of their airport projects: Terminal 2 at Gardermoen International Airport in Oslo. Our primary focus will be the geometry of the roof structure in the terminal building.
This is a conceptual design by Fredrik Wenstøp from Pivot and Juan Santocono at T-Splines. It is an experiment on how T-Splines could be used in architectural design together with Grasshopper and Rhino.
Pivot helped getting their design realized by machining massive blocks of American white oak into smooth furniture pieces. This was a perfect job for the 7 axis robotic milling system.
The chair and the bench have wool pillows in various colors that wrap around the back and seat. You can mix and match pillows to get the look you like.
If you’re in the Milan area, visit them at stand B-26!
The industrial fair Industridagene 2010 starts this week at Norges Varemessse in Lillestrøm. Around 300 exhibitors will display the latest industrial and technical advancements and services. Us included!
If you want a free ticket for Industridagene to come visit us, let us know! We still have a couple of tickets to give away. See you at Stand nr: C01-35
Architectural Geometry 2010 was held at the Technical University of Vienna. Amongst the most interesting speakers was David Rutten, the creator of Grasshopper. This time, he demonstrated Galapagos, which is an evolutionary solver that plugs into Grasshopper as a component. With Grasshopper, David is probably the most influential person to architecture since the guy that invented the hammer. You can spot traces of Grasshopper, formerly known as Explicit History, in most interesting architectural projects developed after it became available. To no surprise, most of the conference revolved around developments connected to Rhino and Grasshopper.
The symposium was divided into two parts; a two day workshop and one day of talks by some of the brightest heads in the business. We participated in three different workshops ranging from Integrated Energy Design to Robotic Milling.
Our new studio is a major step up. It is a great space that in it self inspires creativity. Being surrounded by creative minds with varying backgrounds ensures the kind of friction that we need to think differently.
In the old days it used to be a factory producing linseed oil. The linseed oil was used as a binder in paint production. So evolving into an atelier seems very natural.
Atelier Lilleborg was finished in 2007, and is owned by Irma Salo Jæger og Tycho Jægers stiftelse. The transition from factory to atelier was one of the last projects that architect Sverre Fehn did before he passed away in 2009.
Image: Haugen/Zohar Arkitekter
Haugen Zohar Architects won the Norwegian Tourist Road competition for new ferry berth at Horn. Concept and schematic design is already finished, and the project is due to be completed some time in 2012.
Pivot is working on this project giving special attention to design to fabrication issues. Creating robust parametric geometry and automatic production drawing output has been key to developing the design further.
The Savo S3 office chair is launched today! We have been working on this project for quite some time and it’s exciting to see it finally hit the market. It’s been inspiring working together with chief designer at Savo, Ralph Schmidt, and designer Johan Verde.
Nelo decides to go with our Seat Well design as the core of their new line of Surfskis.
The lines of these new boats draw heavily on the Foilkayak design we did earlier. It is essentially the same design, of course without the option of attaching hydrofoils.
This new range of boats incorporates the same basic guidelines as for all of Nelo’s boats: a fine balance between performance, stability and comfort.
This is what Nelo say about their new Surfski lineup:
“Our well recognized knowledge and ability to conceive comfortable racing boats were applied in order to make an ergonomic ski, where any paddler from other discipline will feel “at home”, but at the same time give the more experienced ski paddler a new dimension of positioning.
Being a performance oriented company we put our best efforts in making a performing shape but keeping in mind the importance of sea worthiness and surf abilities of such a craft.
We have a full range with two sizes M and L, and at a later stage a Vintage model will also be on the market.”
Pivot attends the Beyond Risør design conference. Industrial designer Johan Verde has been the Artistic Leader for this project the latest years, evolving it into an important event within Scandinavian contemporary design.
A great place to meet up with colleagues and friends in the creative industry, as well as companies using industrial design to develop better products. Inspiring talks by Magne Magler Wiggen and Kjetil Trædal Thorsen made the trip worth while alone.
Dansens Hus opens today at Vulkan in Oslo!
It is Norway’s only performing arts venue devoted solely to the art of dancing.
The project is a collaboration between LPO Arkitekter and Snøhetta Arkitekter. Pivot Produktdesign were design consultants for Snøhetta and focused mainly on the foyer and ticket sales situation.
The combined desk and ticket sales counter is nine meters long. The front face is bound together by one sheet of glass reinforced PET thermoplastic, and back-lit with LED lights. The GR-PET is a high tech material developed for the wind turbine industry, and more environmentally efficient than traditional thermoset GRP’s. However, we liked its unusual light transmitting properties and the fabric-like feel of it.
Before and during events, the foyer is a usually a very busy and crowded place. The clean and bright surface quickly draws your attention to the ticket sales and information desk. Being bent at an angle, it is also very visible from the space outside the entrance. Naturally guiding you to get your tickets.
Internationally acclaimed artist Olafur Eliasson and award-winning Norwegian architect Kjetil Thorsen of the architectural practice Snøhetta, joined forces to create this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. It explores the idea of vertical circulation within a single space. A wide spiraling ramp makes two complete turns, allowing visitors to ascend from the Gallery lawn to the highest point for views across Kensington Gardens as well as an overview down into the pavilion.
Pivot was part of the design team on the 2007 Serpentine Pavilion in London. We were contracted by Snøhetta and worked together with them and Studio Olafur Eliasson.
Rhino is a powerful program for designing hulls, superstructures, appendages, and other marine structures, with the ability to design fair surfaces quickly and accurately.
As time goes by and production methods and locations shift, information gets scattered or lost along the way. In this case, Savo, one of Norways biggest office chair makers, needed to clean up their product lineup.
We were asked to reverse engineer all of their chairs and create a CAD library of the components in compatible formats. We had a sample of every chair in our office for one week. The saying; “the next position is the best position” was thoroughly tested during this week.