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NOHlab and Buşra Tunç Create Immersive Installation Based on Centuries-Old Architecture

08:00 - 23 June, 2017
NOHlab and Buşra Tunç Create Immersive Installation Based on Centuries-Old Architecture, © NOHlab
© NOHlab

As part of the Third Istanbul Biennial, NOHlab and architect Buşra Tunç collaborated with HAS Architects to create OCULUS: an experiential light and sound-based installation. The exhibit focuses on employing a historic location, the Single-Dome Hall of the historic Istanbul Imperial Arsenal, to reinterpret a spatial moment using technology and design. The central theme of the project is the experimentation of permanence, illustrated in the juxtaposition between the dynamic visuals displayed on the temporary structure and the 16th-century architecture.

© NOHlab © NOHlab © NOHlab © NOHlab +16

Parallax Gap - American Architecture Celebrated on Smithsonian Gallery Ceilings

12:00 - 4 June, 2017
Courtesy of Kevin Kunstadt
Courtesy of Kevin Kunstadt

Art is not confined to gallery walls. The concept of art displayed on ceilings stretches back to the Renaissance, perhaps most notably the Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo. The Renaissance tradition of Trompel’oeil ceilings went further, using an illusionary depth of perspective to depict a volume which doesn’t exist; be it a dome that was never built or an attic filled with angels.

Four hundred years later, New York and Los Angeles-based architecture firm FreelandBuck has elevated the concept with its upcoming installation ‘Parallax Gap’, which has been selected by the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum as the winning entry in a competition entitled ‘ABOVE the Renwick’. From July 2017 to February 2018, the 2,500sqft canopy will be suspended from the ceiling of the Renwick’s largest room, the Bettie Rubenstein Grand Salon, depicting an abstract catalog of American architectural icons.

Courtesy of Kevin Kunstadt Courtesy of Kevin Kunstadt Courtesy of Kevin Kunstadt Courtesy of Kevin Kunstadt +17

Wire Mesh Installation Features Architectural Fragments Constructed At 1:1

10:30 - 18 May, 2017
Wire Mesh Installation Features Architectural Fragments Constructed At 1:1, © Roberto Conte
© Roberto Conte

Commissioned for a large-scale event in the Emirate of Abu DhabiEdoardo Tresoldi in collaboration with Design Lab Experience have constructed a vast indoor "piazza" of architectural fragments. Accommodating a 7000sqm event space, each "Classical" element is built entirely from wire mesh and comprises domes, arches, colonnades, columns, and imitations of sacred spaces (namely Italian basilicas). Together they create a translucent and ephemeral sequence of indoor rooms – all layered by a strikingly contemporary aesthetic.

Winners of 2017 Land Art Competition Create Installations for Art Village in Ghana

16:00 - 11 May, 2017
Winners of 2017 Land Art Competition Create Installations for Art Village in Ghana , via Nka Foundation
via Nka Foundation

The winners of the 2017 Land Art Competition have been announced, with submissions responding to the challenge of creating site-specific installations in rural Ghana, as part of a larger initiative to enrich the Abetenim Arts Village. The aim was to complement the village’s learning center with other creative spaces for communal living and working, thus “creating a truly unique experience that becomes emblematic of what an art village is and how it needs to function as a place.”

Selected entries will also have the opportunity to be fully realized onsite, through various land art workshops held by the Nka Foundation over the course of the next two years. Here are the winning entries:

SUTD Professors Bring Parametric Design To Light in Illuminated 3D Printed Installation

16:00 - 15 April, 2017
SUTD Professors Bring Parametric Design To Light in Illuminated 3D Printed Installation, © SUTD: Felix Raspall and Carlos Banon
© SUTD: Felix Raspall and Carlos Banon

A luminous tetrahedral mesh spanning 10 meters, (Ultra) Light Network is the latest 3D printed innovation achieved by Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) Professors Felix Raspall and Carlos Banon, who were also behind this mesh pavilion last year. Displayed at this year’s iLight Marina Bay in Singapore, the interactive light sculpture is an exploration of how full-scale 3D printed components can create a system to “address not only structural requirements but also power transmission, and information communication within a seamless and continuous aesthetic.” 

Suspended over its visitors, the display engages the public through responses to their movements below, controlled by over 50,000 distinct LED pixels and their parent algorithm. This is made possible through five Teensy microcontrollers, working in conjunction with three ultrasonic sensors at the base of the structure, resulting in a lively and illuminating experience. 

© SUTD: Felix Raspall and Carlos Banon © SUTD: Felix Raspall and Carlos Banon © SUTD: Felix Raspall and Carlos Banon © SUTD: Felix Raspall and Carlos Banon +18

Reflective Ranch-Style House Captures the American West in New Installation

06:00 - 17 March, 2017
Reflective Ranch-Style House Captures the American West in New Installation, © Lance Gerber
© Lance Gerber

Marrying the great expanses of the American west with a series of mirrored faces, MIRAGE is an installation situated in the Southern California desert and the work of Doug Aitken, an American artist, and filmmaker. An experimental adaptation of the traditional suburban ranch-style house, the sculpture hones in on architecture’s relationship with its landscape, manifesting itself as a life-sized kaleidoscope.

The California Ranch Style house was first designed by a small collective of architects in the 1920s and 30s, inspired by the spatial fluidity of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work and melded with the local single storey homes that belonged to ranchers. Following the Second World War, the simplicity of this housing typology resulted in its quick rise in popularity, adopted by commercial builders to match the rapid urbanization of the American countryside.

© Lance Gerber © Dakota Higgins © Lance Gerber © Lance Gerber +20

NIKE + RUN CLUB Hubs Land in Shanghai / Coordination Asia

20:00 - 4 March, 2017
NIKE + RUN CLUB Hubs Land in Shanghai / Coordination Asia, © Coordination Asia
© Coordination Asia

© Coordination Asia © Coordination Asia © Coordination Asia © Coordination Asia +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai Times Square, 99 Huaihai Middle Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China
  • Design Team

    Tilman Thürmer, Manuela Mappa, Vega Li, Yu Yin, Wang Jin Jin
  • Area

    270.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY Uses Intensive Curvature to Create Suspended Self-Supporting Structure

08:00 - 3 February, 2017
Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY Uses Intensive Curvature to Create Suspended Self-Supporting Structure, © Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY
© Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY

A giant, smooth coral? A cloud-like barnacle? A woman's floral swimming cap?”

Such phrases are how art and architecture studio Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY attempts to describe it’s latest curvilinear project, Under Magnitude.

Suspended within Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center, the installation is a two-storey structure, formed from a network of branches that are synthesized by a single, smooth white surface. The form expresses the studio’s aim to “unite surface, structure, and space in order to create a new kind of experience.”

© Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY © Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY © Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY © Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY +22

Shelter · The Mirrored Sight / Li Hao

19:00 - 12 December, 2016
Shelter · The Mirrored Sight  / Li Hao, © Kang Wei
© Kang Wei

© Kang Wei © Kang Wei © Kang Wei © Kang Wei +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Longli, Jinping, Kaili Area, Southeast Guizhou, China
  • Area

    15.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Hui | Origin of Everything / C.DD

21:00 - 6 December, 2016
Hui | Origin of Everything / C.DD, © OUYANG Yun
© OUYANG Yun

© OUYANG Yun © OUYANG Yun © OUYANG Yun © OUYANG Yun +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Foshan, Guangdong, China
  • Chief Designer

    HE Xiao-Ping, LI Xing-Lin
  • Design Team

    YU Guo-Neng, LIANG Yi-Hui, LV Zhuo-Ming, CAI Tie-Lei
  • Area

    9.0 m2
  • Photographs

New Oslo Installation Reflects Norwegian Landscape in Miniature

06:00 - 2 December, 2016
© Frédéric Boudin
© Frédéric Boudin

In collaboration with Kistefos Museum, photographer Frédéric Boudin has captured Jeppe Hein's installation "Path of Silence," now permanently located in Jevnaker near Oslo. The sculpture is inspired by the topography of the Kistefos Sculpture Park, creating a conversation between the installation and its site by adapting the park's stepped slope and terraces to a freeform profile.

© Frédéric Boudin © Frédéric Boudin © Frédéric Boudin © Frédéric Boudin +35

Installations Accent Stuttgart Region During Light Art Festival

08:00 - 14 November, 2016
Installations Accent Stuttgart Region During Light Art Festival, © Karolina Halatek
© Karolina Halatek

The KulturRegion Stuttgart successfully wrapped its three-week Aufstiege ("Ascents") Light Art Festival in October. Curated by Joachim Fleischer, the festival showcases work by over 40 artists from 10 countries. The 37 installations were available for viewing nightly from 8 p.m. to midnight across 25 cities near Stuttgart, and particularly popular exhibits have been extended. 

© Frank Kleinbach © Robert Seidel © Hitoshi Kuriyama © Frank Kleinbach +14

Pezo von Ellrichshausen Constructs Temporary Wooden Tower in Paris' Jardin des Tuileries

18:00 - 3 November, 2016
Pezo von Ellrichshausen Constructs Temporary Wooden Tower in Paris' Jardin des Tuileries, Courtesy of Pezo von Ellrichshausen
Courtesy of Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Chilean studio Pezo von Ellrichshausen has erected a temporary wooden tower of “an ambiguous” scale in the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris. Named the “Deci Pavilion,” the structure is made up of ten stacked octagonal wooden drums of decreasing size. While in reality only large enough to hold one visitor at a time, the column’s form and relationship to its surroundings give it the presence of a much larger structure.

Courtesy of Pezo von Ellrichshausen Courtesy of Pezo von Ellrichshausen Courtesy of Pezo von Ellrichshausen Courtesy of Pezo von Ellrichshausen +15

When Droplets Create Space: A Look at Liquid Architecture

09:30 - 15 September, 2016
When Droplets Create Space: A Look at Liquid Architecture, Light in Water, 2015. Paris. Architects: DGT Architects. Photographer: <a href='http://www.takuji-shimmura.com/'>Takuji Shimmura</a>. Image © DGT Architects
Light in Water, 2015. Paris. Architects: DGT Architects. Photographer: Takuji Shimmura. Image © DGT Architects

Throughout the past century, architecture's relationship with water has developed along a variety of different paths. With his “Fallingwater” house, for example, the American master Frank Lloyd Wright confronted the dramatic flow of water with strong horizontal lines to heighten the experience of nature. Since then, architecture's use of water has become more varied and complex. A space made almost purely of water emerged with Isamu Noguchi's design at the Osaka World Expo: glistening water appeared to fall from nowhere and glowed in the dark. Later with digitalization and fluid forms as design parameters, the focus shifted towards liquid architecture made of water and light. The interpretations have ranged from architectural forms modeled after literal drops of water, like Bernhard Franken´s visionary “Bubble” for BMW, to spectacular walk-in installations made of lines of water, transformed into pixels by light.

Icelandic Pavilion. Hannover, Expo 2000. Image © Thomas Schielke Blur Building. Exposition Pavilion: Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002. Architects: Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image © Diller Scofidio + Renfro Olafur Eliasson: The reflective corridor, Draft to stop the free fall, 2002. (Der reflektierende Korridor, Entwurf zum Stoppen des freien Falls, 2002). Photographer: Werner J. Hannappel. Courtesy of Centre for International Light Art Unna, Germany. Image © 2002 Olafur Eliasson Luce Tempo Luogo, 2011. Milano. Architects: DGT Architects. Photographer: Daici Ano. Image © DGT Architects +20

J. Mayer H. Fills Times Square With X-Shaped Lounge Chairs

12:30 - 7 September, 2016
J. Mayer H. Fills Times Square With X-Shaped Lounge Chairs, © Rob Kassabian @ RK Films, rob@robkphoto.com
© Rob Kassabian @ RK Films, rob@robkphoto.com

Adding to the ever-changing public landscape of Times Square, German artist and architect J. Mayer H. has unveiled XXX TIMES SQUARE WITH LOVE, three bright-pink, X-shaped custom lounge chairs that allow visitors to lie back and take in the cacophony of lights and sounds for which Times Square is famous. Originally inspired by the “X-like” intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue, the name also serves as a cheeky reference to the adult theaters and sex shops that once lined the square before its revitalization in the 1990s.

The Best Structures of Burning Man 2016

16:30 - 31 August, 2016

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Burning Man 2016 is underway in the temporary city of Black Rock CityNevada – meaning for one week, thousands of festival goers will romp through the desert taking pictures of the hundreds of art and architectural installations constructed for the event. This year's theme is "DaVinci's Workshop," inspiring sculptures based off the artist's famous inventions and artworks, including a large-scale interpretation of the Vitruvian Man on a circular frame.

Read on to see some of the best structures and installations found at Burning Man 2016. 

Janet Echelman's Railroad-Inspired Net Sculpture Premiers in North Carolina

16:15 - 16 August, 2016
Janet Echelman's Railroad-Inspired Net Sculpture Premiers in North Carolina, © Lynn Donovan/CFGG
© Lynn Donovan/CFGG

Janet Echelman has completed her most recent aerial net sculpture in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. Made up of over 35 miles of technical twine woven into 242,800 knots, the sculptures adds a new ephemeral presence to the sky above the city’s new LeBauer Park. Entitled “Where We Met,” the sculpture’s form and composition were inspired by Greensboro’s history as a railroad and textile hub.

© Cecelia Thompson via The Public Art Endowment © Lynn Donovan/CFGG © Lynn Donovan/CFGG © Lynn Donovan/CFGG +5

Golden Bubbles / People's Architecture Office

18:00 - 10 August, 2016
Golden Bubbles / People's Architecture Office, Courtesy of People's Architecture Office
Courtesy of People's Architecture Office

Courtesy of People's Architecture Office Courtesy of People's Architecture Office Courtesy of People's Architecture Office Courtesy of People's Architecture Office +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    K11, Hong Kong, China
  • Architect in Charge

    He Zhe, James Shen, Zang Feng
  • Design Team

    Cui Gangjian, Min Kyoung Kim, Xu Xi, Xiang Weixing, Jiang Hao, Zhang Zhen
  • Project Year

    2016