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Guvenc Ozel (Ozel Office) – Cerebral Hut

Palace Theater
630 Broadway
Broadway District, Downtown Los Angeles

Cerebral Hut is an interactive architectural installation that explores the relationship between architecture, movement and human thought.

We traditionally assume that the built environment, whether in the architectural or the urban scale influences our psyche. What if we can reverse that relationship? What if a kinetic architecture could establish a direct connection between the thoughts of its user and itself in order to reconfigure its physical boundaries accordingly?

Cerebral Hut is formed by a section of a truncated icosahedron built with a timber board frame and steel angle connections. The envelope comprises a stretchy fabric on the outside and a folding paper pattern on the inside. Stepper motors that activate plastic pistons are attached to tertiary timber pieces. The overall omnidirectional movement deforms the folded paper panels as well as the fabric panels, therefore transforming the interior and the exterior simultaneously.


Güvenç Özel is an architect, artist and researcher. He is the Technology Director of IDEAS, a multidisciplinary research and development platform at UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design; and the principal of Ozel Office Inc., an interdisciplinary design practice located in Los Angeles, working at the intersection of architecture, visual arts, technology and research on urban culture. A native of Turkey, Özel studied architecture, sculpture and philosophy in Bennington College. In addition, he holds a Masters of Architecture degree from Yale University, where he graduated with multiple awards. Prior to establishing his own practice and research, he worked in the architecture offices of Rafael Vinoly, Jürgen Mayer H. and Frank Gehry, among others. His projects and experimental installations were exhibited worldwide, including Istanbul Museum of Modern Art and The Saatchi Gallery in London. He formerly taught at Yale University, Woodbury University and University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where he was teaching with visionary architect Greg Lynn. His recent work has been heavily published in online and print media such as CNN, Wired, Huffington Post, Boston Globe, Architectural Digest, Gizmodo, Creators Project/ Vice, Dwell, Designboom, and others. At UCLA IDEAS, besides determining the overall pedagogical objectives and technological trajectories for the post professional program, he continues his experimental research on robotics and sensing devices as they relate to art and architecture for the creation of reactive, intelligent environments.