Spatial Experiences

Max Stockdale
8 min readFeb 4, 2021


Design Lab

Space making(part create a whole)

Pattern + Repetition

Simplifying form


Folded module to create more dimension and depth

Feb. 3

Project details:

  • three different modules(1in x 1in) 10–15 of each(around 30 total)
  • two 3D structures for each modules(6 total)

Module 1

  • elongated hexagon with four slots
  • angled platforms create a interesting pattern that continues through the structure
  • 4 slots allow these modules to create many different forms

Module 2

  • focused on a simple folded module with four slots as well
  • by using the bone folder, I was able to achieve more dimension and depth in my structure
  • however, this module was limited in the different forms I could build and turned out to be more of a linear structure

Module 3

  • this L-shaped module with two slots was one of my spontaneous ideas
  • even though this module is very simple, I like how these pieces were able to form a very complex design
  • the platforms and where the pieces meet at 90 degrees reminds me of Frank Llyod Wright’s, Falling Water



Overall, these structures have interesting design but by adding more folds and angled slots, I’ll be able to create more interesting structures.

Feb. 8

Explore a combination of folded modules to create more depth

Module 1: (x10)

Module 2: (x11)

Total: 21 modules

Goal: Create a more organic form that branches off in different directions


  • multi-faceted surface
  • many different possibilities
  • interact
  • organic form

Feb. 10


  • color
  • scale
  • lighting

How does it change the feel of the space?


  • underside vs topside
  • different colors for each module
  • can be multi-colored
  • painting each angled surface a different color
  • using sticky notes to change the color vs. painting directly on the modules


  • how does the scale of person change the feel?
  • play space for kids or place for experienced climbers
  • park sculpture-how do people interact with the design?


  • consider different types of lighting
  • dramatic vs. outdoor lighting
  • ground lighting
  • colored lights?-to evoke a specific emotion
  • light from within the structure
  • only lighting a specific part of the design

Feb. 11

Critique Feedback

  • color combo works together(cohesive w/ the color of the chipboard)
  • natural and earthy
  • interesting experimentations with light(harsh shadows)
  • cool that green and blue are kinda grayed out(subtle)
  • wide open spaces w/ closed off ones(makes the interaction with the structure more interesting)
  • the scoring of the modules are really effective in creating a space and adding a lot of dimension
  • interesting and cohesive color choices(desaturated hues-helps direct attention to the structure itself
  • organic but structured

Things for Next class:

  • experiment with outdoor lighting
  • greater contrast in color
  • darker green or lighter blue will help portray a more welcoming atmosphere
  • colored paper over the modules helps to soften the folds and helps the audience to relax/reduce stress

Feb. 15


  • Comfortable
  • Relaxing
  • Private


things to consider of Final Iteration:

  • find the best angles for the of the sculpture
  • not enough contrast
  • chipboard showing on the inside is distracting(maybe paint the inside of the modules white)
  • use portrait mode to blur background
  • maybe include people in the background of the image to make it look as if it is part of the environment
  • try to replicate lighting/feel of shopping mall or public space
  • more intentional about the location and background of the structure

Feb. 16


  • 2–3 final images(Miro)
  • paper figures to show scale
  • 2 user perspective images
  • 1 overview structure image
  • InDesign template(final project review)

Class Notes:

  • Color(contrast and ratio)
  • rule of 3
  • color, pattern, and lighting play into structure

Class Feedback:

  • window sill(cool tone, textured surface with an urban/city feel)
  • modern, urban feel(structure looks like it would be in a busy city)
  • paint modules white on the inside to increase contrast and make the other colors stand out more
  • wider space photo(more margin around the sides)
  • less window sill in the image(distracting background)

Feb. 17

Since class on Tuesday:

  • painted the inside of the modules white to create more contrast
  • experimented with more lighting
  • included people in my images to show the scale of the structure

Variety of Images:

Images for Thursday: