IwamotoScott designed, directed fabrication for, and assembled this hybrid bookcase/screenwall that acts as edge and interface between their own office and the larger offices and headquarters of creative agency, Obscura Digital (also designed by IwamotoScott and completed in 2010). The wall is made from 186 laser-cut white powder-coated five-sided folded sheet metal modules. The modules are suspended from 32 laser-cut light gray powder-coated sheet metal vertical ribs that are anchored to the floor at the bottom, and mounted with beam clamps to a structural wide flange beam at the top.
The pixilated face of the wall becomes a focal point at one end of Obscura Digital’s offices. Given that a large aspect of Obscura Digital’s media involves digital mapping, content creation and projection onto complex architectural surfaces (see for instance their spectacular recent projections for the Sydney Opera House or Guggenheim Museum), the idea is for Obscura to test and demonstrate projections on the pixilated white side of this screen wall facing Obscura’s main space. Meanwhile, the hollow side facing IwamotoScott’s office offers bookcase cubbies to store and display the firm’s publications. The angle of the cubbies helps shield the books and journals from eastern sunlight coming through adjacent windows.
Geometrically, the wall’s overall form responds to views and movement of passersby along the adjacent walkway, and morphs between reflecting the nearby hemispherical geodesic projection theater geometry toward its base and following the straight line of the wide flange beam above.
Design: IwamotoScott Architecture, partners: Lisa Iwamoto/Craig Scott.
Project leader: Ryan Golenberg.
Project assistants: Garrett Boyce, Juliette Hsu, Sean Canty, Jeremy Jih, Mazyar Kahali.