Khoury Levit Fong shared with us their proposal for the GLOW/SHIFTboston Copley Square Competition. Their concept consists of an urban room, and hanging in the middle of it is a great chandelier. Dewdrop-shaped globes hang from a funicular mesh support, each illuminated by a wick-like row of low-energy addressable LEDs. It is light which is given weight and pulls down upon its supports to produce an inverted dome of scintillating light. Through the middle, the oculus at the center, the unobstructed sky is visible again. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The Planning Exhibition Hall by Khoury Levit Fong is a new urban institution with a particular spatial constitution and purpose. While most are based on familiar building precedents, such as museums or convention halls, they believe that the unique dedications of this institution demands a formal and typological invention: an ocular device or camera transformed into a building. So they place the large-scale city model (1:600) on a plinth that seamlessly extends the public realm into the building by sloping up from the street. More images and architects’ description after the break.
WORKshop will present its second exhibition from July 9th through October 2nd. Designed by the Toronto architecture firm Khoury Levit Fong, Scentscapes: Immersive Environments Inspired by Xi’an, will feature drawings of a public garden currently under construction in one of China’s ancient capitals, Xi’an, along with a site-specific installation titled Scent Squadron.
The team of Khoury Levit Fong, with students Drew Adams, James Dixon, Lindsay Hochman, Fadi Masoud, Khalid al-Nasser, and Farhana Sharmin will install a ‘vaulted pine forest,’ an array of suspended scent-dispensing vials. The title ’Scent Squadron’ obliquely invokes the famous 210-209 BC Terracotta Army near Xi’an, one of the world’s great works of funerary art. WORKshop’s Scentscapes is being presented simultaneously with the Royal Ontario Museum’s nearby exhibition, The Warrior Emperor and China’s Terracotta Army, which runs from June 26, 2010 to January 02, 2011.
“Monuments + Bits; Work by Khoury Levit Fong” is an exhibition that combines parametric modeling and fabrication techniques with emerging responsive media to present architecture and urban design projects in an interactive and digitally augmented environment.
The exhibition opened at the University of Toronto’s Eric Arthur Gallery on September 28 2009 and is currently at the CMYK Gallery of the University of Michigan’s A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, running until the end of December 2009.
“Monuments + Bits” dramatizes the event of collective monuments and their tense relationship to the immediacy of individual experience. Conventions are recast through new parametric capacities in the production of architectural form, while current developments in interactive media refashion perceptions of the fixity of the built environment.