Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Giant digital origami tigers launch Chinese New Year in Sydney by Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA)
March 23rd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Two giant digital origami tigers playfully celebrate Chinese New Year on the forecourt of Customs House, Sydney from 11 February –14 March 2010.
The crouching digital tigers combine ancient lantern making methods with cutting edge digital design and fabrication technology, bringing east and west together through tradition and innovation.
The big cats are a collaboration between multinational architectural practice Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) and Customs House to mark the lunar year of the tiger and raise awareness about the endangered status of tigers.
The tigers are inspired by “zhezhi”, a Chinese term for paper folding, more popularly known by its Japanese name “origami”. Traditional Chinese lantern makers in Sichuan province, where lantern making has been taking place for over 800 years and local artisans were consulted.
The Chinese or Lunar New Year is the most important Chinese holiday and starts with a Lantern Festival. The Chinese lunar astrological sign is the metal tiger in 2010.
The tigers are the size of a boat at 2.5 metres high and 7 metres long yet weigh only 200kgs and use fully recyclable materials, aluminium and barrisol, a new light weight reusable stretch material. Pulsating low energy LED lighting brings the sculptures to life.
Chris Bosse, LAVA director says: “The project continues LAVA’s mission in lightweight structures to build MORE WITH LESS.”
“The tigers are part of an ongoing multidisciplinary program featuring contemporary architecture, installations, photography and digital media exhibitions in Customs House, ” said Jennifer Kwok, manager of Customs House.
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