Thursday, 1 September 2011

Gateway Structure for Brunel University by Minimaforms

"Through an invitation from world renowned performance artist Stelarc, Minimaforms was asked to develop a gateway structure for Brunel University. Our Gateway proposal conceives 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."  Via Minimaforms

I am extremely interested in the way this design and this structure encourages social interaction and how this space will be used by people, the way they interpret this foreign structure and the success of the integration of such abstract Avatar-esque organic form into a university atmosphere.

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