London-based design studio Minimaforms
(brothers Stephen and Theodore Spyropoulos) questions how architecture
can facilitate new forms of communication.Through experimental
architecture, they explore these questions in hopes to open up a
dialogue about social and material interaction.
Through an invitation from world renowned performance artist Stelarc,
Minimaforms was asked to develop a gateway structure for Brunel
University. The Gateway proposal conceived a threshold space suspended
above an existing reflection pool as an exterior room and sanctuary.
This structure is an open-cell system that operates as a perceptual framing device.
Deployed through an open-cell network are a series of operable convex
and concave lenses, amplifying and collapsing the experiential
relationships between users and their context. Developed through a
parametrically controlled cellular deployment system, these lenses are
distributed with both optical and structural parameters at play. The
underbellies of these lenses extend as part of a three-dimensional
fibre-field in which structural fibres
and optic hairs are set out. The access plane hovering over the water
surface of the reflection pool is constructed as a series of walkable
lily pads that enable users to experience a complete sensorial
displacement as one moves through this architecture of interface.
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