suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Orproejct: Or2 is a single surface roof structure which reacts to sunlight. The polygonal segments of the surface react to ultra-violet light, mapping the position and intensity of solar rays.
When in the shade, the segments of Or2 are translucent white. However when hit by sunlight they become coloured, flooding the space below with different hues of light. During the day Or2 becomes a shading device passively controlling the space below it. At night Or2 transforms into an enormous chandelier, disseminating light which has been collected by integrated photovoltaic cells during the day into the surrounding areas.
Special software components have been developed in order to create the shapes and to generate the cutting schedules. The individual elements were then automatically numbered and water jet cut. Or structures are the first ones to employ photo-reactive technology at an architectural scale, as developed in collaboration with our friends at Scenario Architecture, exploring its applicability to the fields of construction and design. The beauty of Or2 is its constant interaction with the elements, at each moment of the day Or2’s appearance is unique.
The installation has been specifically designed and erected for the Italian Cultural Institute as part of the London Festival of Architecture. For more information please visit www.orproject.com.
Orproject wins GOOD DESIGN™ Award 2012
We are pleased to announce that our project Or2 has been awarded this year’s Good Design Award by the Chicago Athenaeum. GOOD DESIGN ™ is the world’s most prestigious, recognized, and oldest Design Awards program organized annually by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
Orproject: The internal geometries of sea squirts, vascularisation systems.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
Orproject: György Ligeti, Italo Calvino, Yasushi Inoue
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
Orproject: Neri Oxman, Mike Winestock, Perry Hall, Gilles Retsin.
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