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Spore Lamps


Date: 2013
Size: 0.75m x 0.75m x 0.75m
Materials: Composite paper-backed cherry wood veneers from Lenderink Technologies.
Tools: Rhino, Grasshopper, Kangaroo

Description:
Inspired by the microscopic spores of various plants that float through the air and find purchase on all types of surfaces, these lamps are designed to not have a “correct” orientation. Rather, the lamps can be positioned in any orientation and repositioned as needed by the user. Hung, sitting on the floor, or even clustered with other Spores, the lamps fill the space with a warm and complexly patterned glow. Each cell of the Spore is laser cut and hand assembled from wood micro-veneers.

Credits:
Mariko Kobayashi (Schematic Design), Seth Barnard (Assembly)



Spore Lamp, 2013, Matsys

Spore Lamp, 2013, Matsys

Spore Lamp (detail), 2013, Matsys

Spore Lamp (detail), 2013, Matsys

Spore Lamp (detail), 2013, Matsys

SEAcraft Studio Featured on Pasajes Arquitectura Cover


Year: 2013
Projects Featured: SEAcraft Studio

Matsys is pleased to announce that work from Andrew Kudless’ advanced architecture studio in at CCA has been featured on the cover of the September issue of the Spanish magazine Pasajes Arquitectura. Jason Vereschak’s egg is on the cover and the article shows many of the eggs crafted by students in the studio in spring 2013.



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Roka Akor SF Restaurant Wall


Date: 2013
Size: 36′ x 11′ x 3″
Materials: Precast Fiber-Reinforced Concrete
Location: Roka Akor, 801 Montgomery St, San Francisco, California
Fabrication: Concreteworks, Oakland, California

Description:
Matsys was commissioned to design and prototype a feature wall for the main room at Roka Akor. Inspired by tall bamboo grass, the wall uses a linear constraints on a flexible fabric mold to produce the striated and undulating pattern on the concrete.



Photo by Patricia Chang

Photo by Patricia Chang

Roka Akor, Concrete Wall, Matsys, 2013

Roka Akor, Concrete Wall, Matsys, 2013

Roka Akor, Concrete Wall, Matsys, 2013

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Roka Akor, Concrete Wall, Matsys, 2013

Roka Akor SF Bar Wall


Date: 2013
Size: 36′ x 6.5′ x 6″
Materials: Amber Plyboo
Tools: Rhino, Grasshopper
Location: Roka Akor, 801 Montgomery St, San Francisco, California
Fabrication: S/U/M, Oakland, California

Description:
Matsys was commissioned to design and fabricate a feature wall for the new bar of Roka Akor. The wall’s gentle undulations evoke the region’s rolling hills while also making resonating with waves and wind. Inspired by Japanese screen paintings of cloudy mountain scenes and the existing vertical wood rib theme found elsewhere in the Bar, the new wall adds a distinct element to the Bar’s main seating area.

Similar to the Zero/Fold Screen completed in 2010, Matsys was interested in minimizing material waste in the fabrication of the wall by using parametric modeling to align adjacent ribs next to each other when cut. The back side of one rib becomes the front side of the next.


Photo by Aubrie Pick

Photo by Aubrie Pick

Roka Akor Bar Wall, Matsys, 2013

Roka Akor Bar Wall, Matsys, 2013

ARCHILAB 2013: Naturalizing Architecture

Exhibition: ARCHILAB 2013: Naturalizing Architecture
Year: 2013 – 2014
Location: FRAC Centre, Orleans, France

Matsys is pleased to announce the opening of the ARCHILAB 2013: Naturalizing Architecture exhibition at the FRAC Centre in Orleans, France. Curated by ARCHILAB’s founders, Marie-Ange Brayer, Director of FRAC Centre and Frédéric Migayrou, Deputy Director of the Centre Pompidou, the exhibition features three projects by Matsys including the permanent installation P_Wall (2013). The other Matsys projects are Chrysalis (III), on loan from the Centre Pompidou, and Sietch Nevada, a speculative urban design for a future undergoing a peak-water crisis. The exhibition will open to the public on September 14, 2013 and closes on February 2, 2014.

The exhibition brings together forty artists, designers, and architects investigating the territory between nature, technology, and architecture. Matsys is proud to exhibit its work along side our many respected peers and friends including Achim Menges, Neri Oxman, Marc Fornes, Jenny Sabin, Skylar Tibbits, Philippe Morel, Jose Sanchez, Roland Snooks, Thom Faulders, and many more. If you are anywhere near Orleans over the next 6 months, check out this amazing exhibition.

From the Curators’ text:
Broadly exceeding the boundaries of their practice, architects now develop a practice at the crossroads of design, computer science, engineering and biology. Conditions for production in the domain of architecture are radically redefined by this convergence, as well as by the constant evolution of the processes and tools for digital manufacturing.



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P_Wall (2013), by Matsys at the FRAC Centre, Orleans, France

P_Wall (2013)


Date: 2013
Size: 6.1m x 3.6 x 0.3m
Materials: Fiber-Reinforced Thin-Shell Precast Concrete Panels mounted on Steel Frame
Tools: Rhino, Grasshopper, Kangaroo
Location: FRAC Centre, Orleans, France
Fabrication: Concreteworks, Oakland, California

Description:
P_Wall (2013), part of on-going research by Matsys into the use of flexible formwork (see earlier projects in the series here, here, here, and here), celebrates the self-organization of material under force. The form emerges through the interaction of the elastic fabric formwork and the liquid slurry of plaster. The designer has control over the locations of the constraints on the fabric which inform the overall form of each panel, but the specific curvature is determined solely by the system finding a state of equilibrium between mass and elasticity.

This iteration of the wall focused on three areas of innovation in reference to past iterations. First, this wall is the first to be constructed out of fiber-reinforced concrete rather than plaster. Rather than solid panels, each panel is only 2cm thick, vastly reducing the weight of each panel and allowing them to be much larger than previous installations. This process entailed the use of five original fabric-cast plaster patterns and subsequent rubber molds for the thin-shell concrete fabrication process.

Second, we were interested in exploring the boundary between modularity and repetition. At what point is something that is modular also repetitious? At what point does a pattern emerge that conflicts with a desired informal landscape? Using a tiling pattern of four panel sizes and five modules rotated in two directions, the pattern is never repeated across a total of thirty-four panels.

Third, using digital simulation models, a rough approximation of the wall was created virtually that allowed many more rounds of design iteration and testing in comparison with earlier projects in the series. Using a spring-network of meshes, the elastic fabric and the mass of the liquid plaster slurry could be modeled within an acceptable range of accuracy based on physical testing.


P_Wall (2013), by Matsys at the FRAC Centre, Orleans, France

P_Wall (2013), by Matsys at the FRAC Centre, Orleans, France

P_Wall (2013), by Matsys at the FRAC Centre, Orleans, France

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