The Fired Dome

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    Model photo
    Fired Dome prototype
    Kelley Gu / Emma Moseley
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    Digital process diagram.
    Digital Process
    Kelley Gu / Emma Moseley
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    Rendered dome.
    Rendering showing lit condition
    Kelley Gu / Emma Moseley
Author(s)
Kelley Gu
Emma Moseley
Project Date

Designed first as a campfire shelter and then scaled down to a self-supporting structure caging the heart of the fire itself, the Fired Dome is a full scale prototype that rethinks the form and structure of the traditional clay brick. With the innovation of clay printing, each brick, or cell, can be rendered light in both weight and appearance. Each of the 80 bricks was printed individually and made to be subtly unique. For each block, the parametrically-defined fin length and the variable traces of the printing process play against the light of the sun and the fire inside, casting interesting shades and shadows that draw the curiosity of both friends and guests, encouraging them to gather and explore the fire dome from all sides over a lively summer evening.