Oyler Wu Collaborative is a Los Angeles–based architectural practice that I started with my partner, Dwayne Oyler, in 2004. Eager to test our ideas—and impatient in our desire to see the effects of our work—our office has turned to our own love of building to transform small projects with modest budgets into a testing ground for our ideas. Since 2007 we have designed and built seven installations in Los Angeles and Taipei. Conceptually, our work has most often been focused on evoking a spatial effect through the build-up of material density and through three-dimensional geometric complexity. Often built of aluminum tubing, steel, and, most recently, rope, our work has always operated in a realm that straddles the line between art and architecture.
For Dwell on Design, we were interested in designing a piece that creates a sense of aesthetic wonder through its geometry as well as in its making. The piece is also designed to encourage public engagement and interaction. Over the next three months, I hope to give a glimpse of the difficult but rewarding process of designing and constructing our full scale architectural installation entitled "Screenplay."
In next week’s installment, I will get into the design of Screenplay, but here is a preview of the design.
Lastly, as an introduction to the spirit of our office, I want to close with a video of our most recent temporary installation, "Netscape."
Jenny Wu is a partner at the Los Angeles based design firm Oyler Wu Collaborative, which she started in 2004 with Dwayne Oyler. The office has been published globally and is recognized for its experimentation in design, material research, and fabrication. Their work straddles between two scales: small scale experimental installations as well as large scale building projects. Their recent projects include "reALIze," an art installation based on the face of Muhammad Ali (designed in collaboration with Michael Kalish), "Anemone," an architectural installation made with 60,000 rubber tubing in Taipei, Netscape, a temporary pavilion made of nine miles of knitted rope for Sci-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture) graduation, and a 16 story residential tower in Taipei, Taiwan. She is a design faculty at Sci-Arc and received her BA from Columbia University and MArch from Harvard University.
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