Prior to Screenplay, we used rope as the primary material in our Netscape project (a graduation pavilion at the Southern California Institute of Architecture). We have always wanted to find ways of giving a second life to our previous temporary projects, so reusing the rope from Netscape seems like a great idea. Of course, one of the main challenges of using the same material is the challenge of doing something new. On one hand, we’re interested in building upon the ideas that we have pursued in previous projects, but we also try not to get too comfortable by doing the same thing over and over again.
Last week, I talked at length about optical effects and showed Screenplay in its orthographic views. This week, we have digitally modeled and rendered the project showing the materiality of the rope as well as the steel frame that allows the rope to twist and bend in space. Due to the extremely tight installation schedule at the Los Angeles Convention Center (the installation site), we had to design Screenplay in a way that would allow us to move it into the space easily and quickly without the aid of heavy machinery or tools. Therefore, the final piece is made of six modules with each module being made up of four vertical bays. While the steel framing is slightly different due to the variation in the rope pattern, each bay is the same in height as well as width. We have also designed an unexpected feature, which is a seating element that appears to have been stretched outward from one of the modules. This seating element allows for people to physically engage the work, and it also serves as a counter-balance to support the cantilevered sections of the project.
Now for the big reveal… in three-dimensions!
Next week, we will switch gears and work on a large-scale physical model in order to help us evaluate the design and to make further refinements to the scheme that was started in the digital model.
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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.