Los Angeles-based architecture firm Ball-Nogues Studio has been selected as the winner of the “Pavillon Spéciale” competition for the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture. The competition provides an opportunity for students and practitioners to work together for three months from design to construction for a new experimental pavilion for a large rectangular outdoor garden at the school. Winners are selected as “emerging international architects under the age of 45.”
Ball Nogues, a firm familiar with building systems of interactive, repeated components, has produced a form active canopy for the winning design. As explained by the Bustler in a post announcing the winner, “The structure is comprised of approximately 200 ‘cells,’ each made from locally sourced plastic tubing that will be bent and curled in custom jigs designed and constructed by students. To provide shade, each cell will have a locally sourced sheet material spanning between the tubes within it. The cell module is a very effective way of constructing a temporary structure: each can be transported as a flat unit and rapidly assembled on site; when it is time for the structure to come down, dismantling and transportation to a new site is easy.”
The structure will require Ball-Nogues and students to test full-scale mock ups because the form active system is difficult to duplicate with software without direct empirical evidence.
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Commissioned by the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division, "Cradle" is designed by Los Angeles-based studio of Ball-Nogues and is situated on the exterior wall of an existing parking structure at Santa Monica Place. Near the beach and the Third Street Promenade, the site is heavily trafficked by tourists on foot and in automobiles. An aggregation of mirror polished stainless steel spheres, the sculpture operates structurally like an enormous Newton’s Cradle - the ubiquitous toy found on the desktops of corporate executives. Each ball is suspended by a cable from a point on the wall and locked in position by a combination of gravity and neighboring balls while reflecting the a distorted image of passerby in both cars on foot.
A site-specific installation by Ball-Nogues Studio, in collaboration with UCLA students, will serve as a temporary environment for music, dance and other performances on the UCLA campus. The project explores a "cross-manufacturing" strategy: After the structure has served as a set piece, the parts making up the installation will become smaller-scaled commodities, available as consumer products.
The installation is open now and will last until June 12, 2010. Check out more about it at Ball-Nogues Studio's website.