suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Orproject: Ban is the latest pavilion by architects Orproject which has been constructed for the Beijing Design Week 2012. The Chinese title refers to floral petals, and similar to the way that the shape of a flower is created by its bent petals, Ban is constructed from bent polymer sheets which form a self-supporting structure and create shapes and volume from a multitude of leaves.
Based on Orproject’s research into anisotropic sheet morphologies, the geometries have here been used in a structural orthogonal orientation and form a system of columns, arches and vaults, all based on single-curved elements. The resulting field of lines takes the viewer’s eye across the structure and into the sky, and like a giant flower Ban is hovering in the air above Beijing’s ancient Hutong roofs.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
Orproject: György Sándor Ligeti, structure of corolla, efflorescence.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
Orproject: Reading In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki, The Hunting Gun by Yasushi Inoue, What Am I Doing Here by Bruce Chatwin. Listening to Susheela Raman.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
Orproject: Neri Oxman and Alisa Andrašek.
Additional credits and links:
Project Location: Penghao Theatre, Beijing
Design Team: Christoph Klemmt, Sambit Samant, Rajat Sodhi.
Project Manager: Shuai Yang.
Project Team: Marian Ma, Qiuwen Shi, Kevin Wang.
Date: October 2012.
Photographs: Jasper James and Orproject
Sponsors: SK Chemicals, Penghao Theatre