Wednesday 24 February, 2010

Contemplating the void: Iwamoto Scott


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As promised, more projects for the Guggenheim’s Contemplating the Void.

This time we feature Iwamoto Scott’s proposal.

LIGHTCONE uses fiber-optic lines to turn the void into a light channel with different purposes:

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Like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim itself, LightCone forms a choreography of light, art and movement through space.

Informed by Wright’s spiral-conical geometries, LightCone combines three different arrays of suspended fiber-optic lines: 1) The central conical array transmits and transforms the light of the sky from the large overhead skylight. 2) The surrounding spiral array pulls in the changing light of the city outside from the spiraling skylights that follow the ramp. At night these two arrays switch over to artificial light powered by batteries, solar-charged from transparent photovoltaic film applied to the skylight glass. 3) The peripheral array’s mediated light projects images from the NY Guggenheim’s collection. Fed from a digital database, these images can be arranged in a variety of ways: by default they are organized chronologically along the building’s five ramped galleries into five decades. Within each structural bay between the supporting piers, the viewer can use an interactive device to reorganize a sampling of the collection by artist, by genre, by size, by color, etc.

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LightCone ultimately attempts to further Wright’s interests in exploring the plasticity of structure, the continuity of space, and “bringing the circle into the third and fourth dimension”, while integrating five decades of content from the Guggenheim’s collection into the building’s spatial experience.

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Credits:

LIGHTCONE Design and Visualization:
IwamotoScott Architecture, San Francisco, CA
Principals: Craig Scott , Lisa Iwamoto
Project Team: Stephanie Lin, Blake Altshuler, Ryan Golenberg, Magda Melo



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