Thursday, May 21, 2009

Elastic Plastic Sponge

This is simply amazing and romantic...It could be defined as one type of digital architecture. I believe it would be even more impressive if this is integrated to some existing structure or space rather as a stand alone unique structure. What do you think?"The Elastic Plastic Sponge was created by students from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) led by Benjamin Ball, Gaston Nogues and Andrew Lyon of the Ball-Nogues Studio. The Elastic Plastic Sponge is a large scale installation and can be twisted, arched and curled to form different types of space including a lounge, a theater, or a large sculptural Mobius strip. In the desert heat of Indio, the architectural installation will provide a respite from the sun by making shade and mist while at night, each “cell” within the Elastic Plastic Sponge supports a fluorescent tube–the tubes shift in orientation relative to each other to create the effect of sweeping motion. The motion effect is evident from close-up as well as impactful from across the vast festival grounds–an important asset in an environment of throngs of festival-goers and competing spectacles..."


"In architecture terminology, the phrase that describes a system whose form is derived from its material properties is “form active.” These types of structures are difficult to study using software. They often require architects to explore their designs by testing full-scale mock-ups, and using that empirical information to help inform the process of digital modeling, which is studied in the studio rather than in the field..."
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images and passage from archinect.com

2 comments:

Nadine @ BDG said...

That's very cool-- Do you think it could be shaped into a playground material to climb through?

swl said...

giid idea! then i think should be multi-color!

 

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