We want to make a shelf, but how to create the shelf with the greatest use value in the limited space?

We use wood, so we learn from nature.

Leaf order, the order in which leaves are arranged on stems and branches is called order, which has the specific and stable nature of species and is not easy to change under external conditions. There are almost no plants with completely irregular arrangement of leaves. Generally, one can see a certain periodic arrangement obviously restricted by certain laws. The arrangement mode is divided into whorl leaf sequence, opposite leaf sequence and alternate leaf sequence according to the number of leaves born at the node, or whorl leaf sequence, longitudinal leaf sequence and oblique leaf sequence according to oblique line. Because through this arrangement, plants can be placed under the limitation of limited space and materials Through a certain leaf order, the plants make the leaves evenly and properly arranged and fully receive sunlight, which is conducive to photosynthesis. When we put things on shelves, it is to some extent similar to giving light to plants, so we can organize the arrangement of shelves on each layer according to the arrangement order of plant leaves to maximize the space use efficiency.


Fabrication Techniques: Adjustable Shelf is a project of IaaC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed at Masters in Advanced Ecological Buildings in 2019/2020 by

Students:Yue Zhang and Zhiqian Liu

Faculty: Marziah Zad, Michael Salka, & Jonathan Minchin