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  • Aperion Flow

    Angela HUANG & Alex TAHINOS, "Real Fictions II: Pier Gardens." Model.
    london ENGLAND

    UK City of Culture 2017

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Adam HOLLOWAY: Adam Holloway Architects (AHA) create world’s largest double-curved paper sculpture for UK City of Culture 2017.

    This structure is made entirely from paper and assembled using a new folding and locking system.

    The installation, entitled ‘Apeiron Flow’ showcases the endless expressive potential of paper. Using principles inspired by nature to increase its structural stiffness, paper is digitally crafted into an expansive and fluid sculptural form. AHA developed a set of algorithmic rules to iteratively grow a surface and infold it. The anti-clastic stiffness created by this ruffling process allows the form to support its own weight while filling a volume of over 100 cubic meters.

    The sculpture is composed of laser cut sheets of 540gsm paper folded and locked into the 3d form using a novel alternating tab and slot system. The system aligns the folded components precisely, allowing the overall structure to be built up without the need for a wireframe or substructure. AHA went through an extensive process of testing different systems and weights of paper before deciding on one which could take full advantage of the pliancy and precision of the paper. As a part of these tests they built several large scale prototypes at Grymsdyke Farm in Buckinghamshire.

    Colours from G.F Smith’s Colorplan range are used to delineate the curvature of the surface, which weaves through the space, inviting exploration and movement. Every colour in the range is positioned precisely according to its hue and lightness value. The result is a series of continuous stripes of colour following the flow of the surface in a loop back to where it started. Situated next to Hull’s Oceanarium, ‘The Deep’, the shapes and colours of the sculpture conjure up associations with aquatic life and movement.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    AH: Inspired by nature, the sculptures of Eva Hild and the pioneering computational design research of Nervous System.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?:
    AH: Arthur Mamou-Mani, Guan Lee, Daniel Widrig, Iguana Architects, Exploration Architecture.