FAKT, an up-and-coming studio based out of Berlin and Zurich, has created an architectural installation for the Festival des Architectures Vives, which uses perforated aluminum sheets to produce a cloudscape. Sponsored by metalworking companies Karl Dieringer and AMAG Austria Metall, the exhibition explores aluminum's material properties and its ability to create new forms.
FAKT calls their exhibition "a progressive experiment both spatially and structurally," and uses artistic structural approaches to explore the design possibilities of cloudscapes and the abilities of aluminum. Cloudscape is made of two perforated aluminum sheets, each 2 millimeters thick, and covers an area of 6.4 m x 4.5 m. The project hangs from surrounding buildings by thin cables attached at its corners, and has a warped surface which contrasts sharply with the much older structures surrounding the exhibition.
The completed project's appearance and form arose from FAKT's desire to not only design a beautiful object and produce an innovative structure, but also to create an extraordinary experience for those who visit the exhibition. "It is an attempt to enrich the structural nature of architecture with a strong sense of physical excitement and ever-changing visual properties," state the architects. FAKT used three approaches to create this cloudscape-based experience: the designers made the project reflect its environment, resonating when exposed to wind and rain; they softened the visual impact of the metal structure by lightly tethering it to nearby structures and allowing it to sway in the breeze; and they made the surfaces semi-transparent to begin to dissolve the exhibition's borders.