IwamotoScott Architecture – DesCours 2008 – Voussoir Cloud

This installation, presented for the 2008 DesCours event in New Orleans, is described in the designers words as below:

Voussoir Cloud explores the structural paradigm of pure compression coupled with an ultra-light material system.  By beginning with a material operation of folding using small handmade models to test geometric relationships of bending along a curved seam, the design and construction process that followed focused on calibrating the relationship of digital model to physical corollary through iterative empirical testing.  In the end, Voussoir Cloud attempts to defamiliarize both structure and material to create conflicted readings of normative architectural typologies.  It is a light, porous surface made of compressive elements that creates atmosphere with these luminous wood pieces, and uses this to gain sensorial effects.