PROJECT INFO

Project Type: Interior Installation
Year: 2008 
Size: 7’-4”H, 7’-2”W, 2’-5”D
Material: High Density Polyethylene

CREDITS

Architects: MSA; Maxi Spina, Principal in charge
Collaborators: Julio Carreon-Reyes, Christian Cutul, Manuel Diaz, Kevin Lee, Brian Washburn, Chris Dobosz, Behnam Farahpour, James Kirkpatrick, Molly Reichert, Yuki Bowman, Talene Montgomery, Diedre Fogg, Andrew Park, Rena Yang and Shivang Patwa.
Photography: Eric Gillet

MEDIA

Pidgin 6, Princeton University, 2008
“Reflective Formations”, Solo Exhibition, UC Berkeley, April-May ‘08.
BIO Magazine #330, 2011
suckerPUNCH

Reflective Formations

Reflective Formations is a plastic installation that focuses on the consequent tectonic conditions that arise from the manipulation of non-planar surfaces by reexamining their mechanisms of formation. The project strives to to articulate architecture’s corporeal presence and tectonic basis through a scalar system that includes subdivision, striation and torque.

The project exploits the natural tension created by the progressive torque of plastic strips assembled through a notching mechanism, which allows them to overcome turning resistance. The continuous shifting trajectory of every strip in both directions produces in their intersection a range of different openings or apertures, inducing different possibilities of perceiving the resulting interstitial space. As a result, Reflective Formations renders the rates of change through which non-planar surfaces transform in space in such a way that the form and its modulation -or locally constituted architecture- are in truth continual dynamic resonance.

The project uses HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), a flexible type of thermoplastic with high tensile and bending strengths. The project’s templates were manufactured perfectly flat and water-jet cut. The assembly process was carried out through a series of scaffoldings, which provided the initial basis for the torquing and bending of the main pieces in space. The rest of the assembly process was facilitated by the notching mechanism -as much a puzzle-like joint as a measure device for progressively torquing these complexly articulated pieces.