critic: elena MANFERDINI
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
donovan BALLANTYNE: By amplifying the tessellation and porosity of the geodesic dome I am giving the geodesic dome a face-lift.
This thesis looks to misconstrue the face of the geodesic dome by amplifying its unintentional, yet inherent esthetic, and monumental qualities. I am proposing to bring depth and discontinuity to a typology that has been about continuity and surface. A face with no ears, no eyes, and no nose is not a face. Similarly, a building with no face is not architecture.
The dome has been the most celebrated forms in architecture since its genesis, while the geodesic dome has been adored by scientists and structural engineers. Buckminster Fuller’s interests were only in structural efficiency, not in monumentality or surface effects which were the driving forces of historic domes such as the Pantheon.
This is a 1,700 seat rock star arena sits weightlessly in Los Angeles’s Pershing Square, and acts both as an urban speaker screaming sound outward through its ears, and as a sound chamber that brings in the noises from the city inward.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
dB: Elena Manferdini, Fuller, Tarsem Singh, Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
dB: The Fall, The Cell, A Clockwork Orange, Proust and Signs.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
dB: Anish Kapoor, SOFTlab, theverymany, Jason Payne.
JURY COMMENTS ///
aaron BETSKY — The geodesic dome was always an emblem an engineered utopia that came to life as a pleasure dome. Resurrecting that tradition, this rock concert enclosure warps the perfection the shape implies into something grittier, messier, and more alive. It combines dirt and high tech in a way that presents a good model for civic gathering.
mark GAGE — Marilyn Manson meets Bucky Fuller. The ultimate mash up. There’s something more than sinister about the fusinon between the mid-century-high-tech and oozing biological that is rather captivating. Makes me want to see what they can do with an Eames chair. I appreciate the restraint in the form that allows the color and micro-texture of the little suckers to do all the work.
tom WISCOMBE — The idea of reanimating the dead-end discourse of the geodesic dome through contemporary figurality and facial character is really brilliant. It creeps up on you. The simultaneously organic and synthetic qualities of the surface components are very rich and beg for fabrication studies.