INVERSCAPE is an installation in the café-gallery (Tina we salute you) in North London. It is originated from ‘Inverted Landscape’, the idea behind the project, which plays a significant role in the design process. Gravity is the most crucial element in the formation of Inverscape.
The ambition of the project was to achieve a highly innovative and novel spatial condition, while minimizing the impact on the existing functionality of the café’/gallery. The overall geometry is informed by the current arrangement of the furniture and light position in the café.
The fluctuating geometry corresponds to the circulation and sitting area. Depth of the volume increases where people sit and gets shallower where more height is needed in the circulation area. Mimicking an ‘inverted landscape,’ an installation at a café-gallery in London maximizes the space’s depth and light modulation. ‘Gravity is the most crucial element in Inverscape. The design process comprises a dynamic feedback loop between digital and physical modes of experimentation; we needed to understand the balanced state of fabric after being attached to the boundary condition, then released it into its shape.’ Made of dense nylon mesh between two layers of translucent frames, the draping ceiling synthesizes computation design and behaviour. Each frame is attached to the ceiling by four vertical clear Perspex elements, giving the feeling the frames are floating in space.
The top layer is a boundary frame and the bottom is suspended, generating the form by applying the self-weight into the fabric. Patterns on the fabrics and frames enhance the quality of light modulation and reflection of shadows. The materials needed to be floppy but not too flexible, to enable the dynamic formation under gravity, The exhibition, INVERSCAPE, is comprised of a draping fabric ceiling, synthesising dynamic computational design and behaviour analyses with physical material experiments, to achieve innovative and unique spatial quality. It is made of a nylon mesh that is suspended between two layers of translucent frames. The top layer acts as the boundary frame and the bottom layer is hanging, generating the form via applying the self-weight into the fabric. Applying a second layer of differentiated patterns on both fabric and frames enhances the quality of light modulation, creating a dynamic interior condition.`
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