La Cage aux Folles is an interactive installation, built within the courtyard of Materials & Applications in Los Angeles. The structure consists of 346 individual pipe pieces and 6,357 total feet of structure. Embracing both the “cage” and the “folly,” La Cage aux Folles joins form, computational procedures, and fabrication processes to create a dynamic, climbable structure.
As each loop of pipe, a pattern generated by an algorithm, crosses others connections are made in some places while in others spaces are turned inside-out.
Inspired by the Mongolian yurt this design is comprised of metal (instead of wooden) rods, which when joined together, create a sturdy form. Each element of the support structure participates and has numerous roles to play: shape, structure, shear, ornament, pattern, history. The circular pattern forms an enclosure, which is alternatively a safe haven, a playground, or a hang out.
A folly, a small structure in a garden or landscape often speaks of delight, madness, an exotic performance, and even of a favored dwelling. Architectural follies often situate architecture in conversation with nature but also embrace themes, allowing the designer to invoke a set of short-hand experiences for desired effect. Combining the characteristics of a folly with those of a cage allows for the exploration of architectural scenarios that result in unexpected or poetic ways—to break free from the traditions and responsibilities normally accorded to architecture.
A full range of programming including dance and music performances will occur within La Cage aux Folles throughout the summer.
Installed at Materials & Applications
1619 Silverlake Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
April 19- August 29, 2014
10.00 a.m.-10.00 p.m. daily
About Warren Techentin
Born in Pasadena, California, Warren Techentin is a licensed architect and the founder and principal of Warren Techentin Architecture (WTARCH.com). Warren’s work is informed by his long standing interest and study of urbanism, performative infrastructures, and pop culture and their effect on the form, space, color, sustainability, and the participatory dimension of architecture. Warren is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Southern California where he teaches multi-family design studios, degree project design studios, graduate comprehensive design studios, and lectures on urbanism.