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Centerstage: SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion / Oyler Wu Collaborative

Oyler Wu Collaborative was once again asked to design the architecture for SCI-Arc‘s graduation ceremony along with other faculty members. The challenge included rethinking the event of the ceremony while keeping the existing pavilion they had previously designed. Essentially, the challenge called for making the existing pavilion new again. Their stage operates as a hybrid of different elements, incorporating into it a large stage with a central podium, seating that is configured much like a bleacher, and a cantilevered shade canopy. While the center of the actual stage is in alignment with the center of the existing pavilion, the overall structure is positioned asymmetrically, with the bleacher and canopy located off axis. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: reALIze / Oyler Wu Collaborative & Michael Kalish

Oyler Wu Collaborative, in collaboration with Michael Kalish, shared with us their video, reALIze, which documents the development and fabrication of the 2011 reALIze installation, a tribute to the life and cultural significance of Muhammad Ali. The project is aimed at exposing a new generation to this larger than life character by building an appreciation for the nuanced emotional, aesthetic, and technical principles that collectively form experience – a concept that holds true as much for human persona as it does for architecture.

Dwayne Oyler & Jenny Wu Lecture

SCI-Arc will be presenting the lectures of Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu of Oyler Wu Collaborative this Friday, February 10th at 1pm in the W. M. Keck Lecture Hall. Established in Los Angele in 2004, the firm has been published globally and is recognized for its experimentation in design and innovative strategies. Recent projects include reALIze, a traveling art installation based on the face of Muhammad Ali, and the 2011 SCI-Arc graduation pavilion. More information on the event after the break.

'Anemone' Installation / Oyler Wu Collaborative

© Oyler Wu Collaborative
© Oyler Wu Collaborative

Anemone is an art/architectural installation by Oyler Wu Collaborative aimed at weaving together aesthetic experience and tactile engagement, a combination generally considered off limits within the world of contemporary art. All too often, art installations are considered precious, almost sacred objects; while they are meant to be appreciated for their aesthetic beauty, they offer little in terms of human interaction. In other words, they are meant to be seen, not felt. Recognizing that human engagement is one of the key factors in creating a rich experience, Anemone has been designed with the idea of interaction as one of its key design objectives. More images and project description after the break.

Video: Netscape: 2011 SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion

As the SCI-Arc students finalize their thesis projects each September, they join the faculty in an annual ritual of constructing a temporary pavilion that will host that year’s graduation ceremony. Produced by Them Too Productions, this video documents the development and fabrication of Netscape, the 2011 SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion by Oyler Wu Collaborative and the students of SCI-Arc. View ArchDaily’s detailed coverage of the 2011 pavilion HERE.

reALIze / Oyler Wu Collaborative & Michael Kalish

© Dwayne Oyler
© Dwayne Oyler

Designed as collaboration between Oyler Wu Collaborative and Michael Kalish, this traveling installation is built as a tribute to the life and cultural significance of Muhammad Ali. The project is aimed at exposing a new generation to this larger than life character by building an appreciation for the nuanced emotional, aesthetic, and technical principles that collectively form experience – a concept that holds true as much for human persona as it does for architecture. Conceived of as an experiential 2-D image, the core of the project is a seemingly random field of 1300 boxing speed bags that, when viewed from a single vantage point, form a pixilated image of the face of Muhammad Ali. The structure is designed with the intention of simultaneously supporting the clarity and focus from that vantage point, while enriching the experience of the piece from all others, through a combination of dense structural bundles, material effects, and geometrical repetition. Oyler Wu Collaborative Project Team: Dwayne Oyler, Jenny Wu, Mike Piscitello, Jacques Lesec, Vincent Yeh, Paul Cambon, Huy Le, Nathan Meyers, Han Zhang, Scott Starr, Jake Henry, Vincent Yeh, Ehab Ghali, Sanjay Sukie, Chris Eskew, and Matt Evans Michael Kalish Project Team: Michael Kalish, Robert Lepiz Engineering: Buro Happold Engineers Photography: Dwayne Oyler Follow the break for further description and images.

ORDOS 100 #23: Oyler Wu Collaborative

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: Oyler Wu Collaborative Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Project Team: Dwayne Oyler, Jenny Wu, Fayez Ahbad, Phillip Cameron, Jian Huang, Huy Le Consulting Structural Engineer: Buro Happold Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox