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Some key considerations for cladding the structure include protection of both the occupants and the frame from weather, along with feasibility in maintenance and easy access to material for repair. While many methods of fabrication and materials have been considered, wood shingling and offset wood façade panels have been most promising with their ability to conform to non-orthogonal surface geometries and their potential as modular systems for construction and repair. The cladding is attached to a secondary structure on top of or extended from the primary structural frame. Shingling is explored as a possible approach to cladding in approximating double curved or non-planar regions.

A planar offset panel system is a promising option as well. This approach involves laying OSB panels atop the reciprocal frame, a water membrane on top, then attaching battens in the direction of water flow, and placing surfacing material on top. This method is more accessible to fabricate and its ample geometric flexibility allows for more control over the design aesthetic.

We have also considered the use of various plastics in order to achieve a system that is not entirely opaque. Polycarbonate has the most potential to be implemented into the overall cladding system as it is highly durable, affordable, and can diffuse direct light to avoid harsh glare in the classroom. It can also be combined with other material to control light filtration levels.