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Digital Origami / LAVA

Digital Origami / LAVA
Courtesy of LAVA
Courtesy of LAVA

LAVA has shared with us their current window installation, Digital Origami a product of parametric modeling experiments and digital fabrication methods. Additional images of this sculptural work, a brief video and a description from LAVA after the break.

Chris Bosse of Laboratory for Visionary Architecture has created a window installation for the famous Italian department store la Rinascente for its Contemporary Christmas Art windows.

Courtesy of LAVA
Courtesy of LAVA

LAVA’s window installation is an origami coral reef using 1500 recycled and recyclable cardboard molecules that explores the intelligence of natural and architectural systems. The sculpture plays with space by climbing up walls and arching over to create coral caves. Based on the geometrical structures of sea foam and corals, the colourful reef comes to life through dynamic lighting and sound.

LAVA

The store windows are at la Rinascente’s Piazza Duomo store, in the centre of Milan, design capital of the world. This is the first time la Rinascente have commissioned artists to do Christmas windows. The installation shows how a particular module, copied from nature, can generate architectural space, and how the intelligence of the smallest unit dictates the intelligence of the overall system. Ecosystems such as coral reefs act as a metaphor for an architecture where the individual components interact in symbiosis to create an environment.

Courtesy of LAVA
Courtesy of LAVA

Bosse says: “In urban terms, the smallest homes, the spaces they create, the energy they use, the heat and moisture they absorb, multiply into a bigger organisational system, whose sustainabilty depends on their intelligence”. Current trends in parametric modeling, digital fabrication and material-science were applied to the space-filling installation.

Courtesy of LAVA
Courtesy of LAVA

Courtesy of LAVA
Courtesy of LAVA

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Hank Jarz
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Cite: Hank Jarz. "Digital Origami / LAVA" 07 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/93913/digital-origami-lava/> ISSN 0719-8884
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