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SCI-Arc EXHIBITION: IwamotoScott Architecture: Voussoir Cloud
Where:  Los Angeles, CA - SCI-Arc Gallery
When:   Saturday, August 09, 2008 - Monday, September 15, 2008

Opening reception: Friday, 08.08.08, 7-9pm

Date change:
Exhibition discussion with Eric Owen Moss, Lisa Iwamoto, Craig Scott
and representatives from Buro Happold: Friday, 08.15.08 at 7pm

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The SCI-Arc Gallery is pleased to present Voussoir Cloud, a site-specific installation by San Francisco based architecture and design practice IwamotoScott in collaboration with Buro Happold. Voussoir Cloud’s design explores the coupling of potentially conflicting constructional logics – the pure compression of a vault with an ultra-light sheet material. Opening August 8, this installation will be fabricated by IwamotoScott in association with SCI-Arc students.

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Voussoirs, the wedge shaped masonry blocks that make up an arch, are redefined in Voussoir Cloud using a system of three-dimensional modules formed by folding paper thin wood laminate along curved seams. The curvature produces a form that relies on the internal surface tension to hold its shape and allows for a structural porosity within the constraints of sheet material. The resulting dimpled, concave modules pack together; naturally creating vaulted forms with a light porous surface. The form-finding exploration of the whole is thus dependent on the geometric performance of the individual units and their relation to the gallery walls.

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Voussoir Cloud intentionally confuses the structural and material strategies. By beginning with a material operation, the design process is focused on calibrating the relationship of digital model to physical result. Working closely with IwamotoScott, SCI-Arc students will assist in the design, construction and installation of the work.

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About IwamotoScott:
IwamotoScott Architecture is a San Francisco-based practice led by Lisa Iwamoto and Craig Scott. As a practice committed to pursuing architecture as a form of applied design research, ISAr engages in projects at multiple scales and in a variety of contexts consisting of full-scale fabrications, museum installations and exhibitions, theoretical proposals, competitions and commissioned design projects.

ISAr’s recent projects include ORDOS100, a design for a villa in Inner Mongolia for a site of 100 villas by 100 architects selected by Herzog & de Meuron; HydroNet, the winning entry for City of the Future: San Francisco 2108; Jellyfish House, designed for “Open House: Technologies for Intelligent Living” curated by the Vitra Design Museum and Art Center College of Design; and REEF, designed for the MoMA/PS1 2007 Young Architects Program. The firm has received numerous awards and has been published nationally and internationally.

http://www.sciarc.edu/exhibition.php?id=1237

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