Exhibited at the Designers’ Saturday 2012 in Langenthal, Switzerland and at the BAU 2013 in Munich, Germany, the experimental installation “Abstraction” transforms shadows and lights into predefined pixels. Created by architects Peter Thomas Hornung of Hornung and Jacobi Architecture and Axel Schenke, their patented system uses the given material properties of Corian and assigned it with so far unknown qualities. More images and architects’ description after the break.
In this project, Corian becomes interactive and integrates the people as part of the installation itself. The exhibition space was dimmed while the visitors’ route was managed to pass the “Abstraction-Wall” to offer the spectators a unique experience.
Even though it may seem as there is lots of technic built in, the architects work with just one single external light source – a projector. Through a simple trick of light refraction the wall abstracts all kind of light and shadows to predefined shapes like circles, squares, triangles or polygons in almost every imaginable size. The effect works not just on planar surfaces but also on amorphen structures. Due to just one external light source the “abstraction-wall” itself does not require any maintenance. The only requirement lies in the material properties, which need to be lightly translucent. The illuminated side facing the light source appears as a homogeneous white surface while the other is rasterized. The effect appears always on the darker site of the “Abstraction-Wall”.
Due to the great response of their low-tech installation the architects are already working on products and new installations showing their patented system in new shapes and materials.
To watch a video of their interactive installation, please visit here.
Architects: Hornung and Jacobi Architecture + Axel Schenke
Location (exhibited): Designers´ Saturday 2012, Langenthal, Switzerland / BAU 2013, Munich, Germany
Architects in Charge: Peter Thomas Hornung, Axel Schenke
Sponsoring: DuPont Corian
Fabrication: Häubi, Switzerland
Materials: Corian, Illumination Glacier Ice, 6 mm
Video: Tolga Dilsiz, Switzerland
Size: 4,5 x 2,5 x 0,1 m
Year: 2012 – 2013