Saturday, February 7, 2009

What's the key?

Understanding how a key and lock mechanism works via detailed sectional drawings, a concept derived from the probe.  Drafting the Pin Tumbler lock, a common lock used in most door applications, enabled me to understand how the mechanism operates in a much more detailed manner.  The difference between comprehending an object and how it functions or operates via a personal discovery of hand versus observation of the information already portrayed is a valuable learning experience for me.  Inside the lock mechanism are a series of cylinders, each having a specific length, and each having their own chamber in which they slide vertically when a key is inserted.  If the incorrect key is inserted, they do not align, thus keeping part of the lock from rotating and "unlocking".  When the correct key is inserted, the cylinders align and allow the rotating motion to occur, and "unlocking" successfully.  
The movement of the cylinders in conjunction with the correct key forces the alignment to happen, despite the varying length of each cylinder.  In an effort to progress into a study of an architectural project, I began searching for precedents to research.  My search lead me to find the Nicolas G. Hayek Building, in the Ginza shopping district of Tokyo, Japan, designed by architect Shigeru Ban. ( )

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