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Design team: Dum-Dum Lab (www.dumdumlab.com)
Collaborator: Gabriel Sgorbini
Fabrication: CNC Studio
Photography: Cristian González

“Cardumen is the spanish term for the fish aggregation behavior of similar size and orientation, usually crossing in the same direction.”

Cardumen is a bookshelf designed by architects Francisco Calvo and Katherine Caceres from Dum-Dum Lab, inspired by the geometric dynamics of fish movement.

This bookshelf was commissioned by the Universidad de las Américas for the exhibition of texts and magazines of the School of Architecture.

The bookshelf consists of 8 modules gradually rotated about its vertical axis, generating horizontal storage modules at different angles. This geometric variation allows books and elements arranged in it to be framed in different perspectives.

Its parametric logic’s based design allowed developing a versatile and dynamic proposal, in addition to controlling the digital manufacturing process and easy assembly of the modules.

Cardumen it´s fabricated in MDF panels of 18 mm thick CNC cut. The assembly system designed allows to create self supporting configurations where it is not necessary to use adhesives or other external material connections. A sub-system of vertical supports for the books was designed, which are fitted manually over the horizontal plates. The bookshelf is 4.1 m length and rises gradually from 1.1m to 1.7m.