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  • Mahr-kee(z)

    (L)ABnormal with Jean JAMINET, "Mahr-kee(z)." Photo: Andrew FORINO.
    savannah GEORGIA

    Savannah College of Art and Design
    critic: Jean JAMINET.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    (L)ABnormal (Digital Fabrication Club) with Jean JAMINET: Mahr-kee(z) creates a center in an asymmetrical space by utilizing the existing rectangular columns. A new faceted surface encases the columns and propagates into flowering canopies.

    Mar-quee [mahr-kee]: an ornamental canopy, often identified by a surrounding a cache of light bulbs, signaling entrance to a theatrical event.
    Mar-quise [mahr-keez]: a gem cut, yielding a low pointed oval with many facets.

    Mahr-kee(z) creates a center in an asymmetrical space by utilizing the existing rectangular columns. A new faceted surface encases the columns and propagates into flowering canopies. In addition to the dynamic folding and pleating of the column-canopies, ornamentation is achieved by an aperture pattern that follows the geometric logic of the faceted surface. The aperture pattern is strategically placed to alleviate visual weight and generate lighting effects as it twists from the base to the capital. This project is part of continuing research addressing contemporary ornamentation and isomorphic transformation of architectonic elements.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    JJ: Gem-cut geometry, Michael Hansmeyer, and Daniel Widrig.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    JJ: Reading: Pier Vittorio Aureli, The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture; Paul Jackson, Folding Techniques for Designers. Listening to: Grizzly Bear; Peter Bjorn & John; and Beck. Watching: SCI-Arc Media Archive; Top Gear.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    JJ: SCI-Arc, Gilles Retsin, and Niccolo Casas.

    Additional credits and links:
    [isomorphism-jeanjaminet.com]
    [facebook.com/LABnormalStudio]

    Project Team: TJ Howells (designer), Tessa Watson, Xavier Ramirez (project leaders), Robert Hon, Gabriela Orizondo, Hunter Pope, Audrey Reda, Pin Thienapirak, Fanny Varga.
    Photos: Andrew Forino.

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