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.
reOrder: An Architectural Environment in Brooklyn, New York by Situ Studio designed using Rhino and Grasshopper
August 11th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Situ Studio
The architectural transformations of the Brooklyn Museum over the past 120 years provide a singular history of an urban institution adapting to changing times. Unwilling to remain static, the museum has evolved continuously, physically reshaping itself to respond to a rapidly unfolding city.
At a transient moment within this complex architectural history, reOrder operates upon the ideals of proportion and ornament that figure so centrally in McKim, Mead and White’s original design of the Great Hall. Augmented by a new set of ordering principles that challenge the colossal scale and regularity of the gridded space, reOrder transforms the ornamental logic of the classical order in the service of the complexities of a contemporary institutional program.
This vision of a new, dynamic order is expressed through the lightweight and flexible language of fabric construction. Building on strategies developed in the textile industry for folding and gathering, the resulting variety of forms is generated without complex cutting or patterning of fabric. A system of flexible canopies, thermoformed benches and tables, and a configuration of internal plywood and steel armatures forms a new logic of the architectural order, one that creates a unique forum for public interaction and assembly within this ever-evolving institution.
Situ Studio consists of two practices that operate in parallel: a design office and a digitally equipped fabrication shop.
SITU STUDIO /DESIGN is a creative practice that engages in experimental work in a variety of media. A core commitment to material investigation as well as research and writing allows for the studio to develop flexible and multifaceted strategies to approach spatial problems. This dual emphasis enables the studio’s design process to constantly oscillate between the virtual and physical realms at all stages of a project’s development.
SITU STUDIO /FABRICATION is a digital fabrication and design consultancy firm which focuses on the realization of geometrically and logistically complex architectural projects for a broad clientele. Situ Studio’s experience in building as well as a strong knowledge of digital design and project management affords the studio a unique position at the intersection of computation and construction. This expertise has been extremely valuable in establishing efficient, economical and intelligent fabrication strategies for realizing a wide range of projects.
Situ Studio was founded in 2005 in Brooklyn, New York, while its four partners were studying architecture at the Cooper Union. Recent projects include the design and fabrication of reOrder, a site specific architectural environment for the Brooklyn Museum’s Great Hall. Other projects include the Solar Pavilions, a series of three outdoor travelling pavilions that were installed at the CitySol Festival in NYC as well as other events in Brooklyn, Miami and New Jersey from 2006-2009. Exhibition design projects include a series of analytical models for the Guggenheim Museum’s exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward in 2008, and Nordic Models + Common Ground, a collaboration with Snohetta presented at the Scandinavia House in 2010. In 2006, the firm received the Award for Excellence in Design by the Art Commission of the City of New York. Situ Studio has exhibited work at the AIA Center for Architecture, Van Alen Institute and the Fordham University Gallery at Lincoln Center. Situ Studio’s projects have been published in The New York Times, Architectural Record, LOG, C3, Surface,The Architect’s Newspaper, Interior Design, MARK, and 30,60,90. The partners have taught at Pratt Institute, GSAPP, Columbia University and give workshops and lectures internationally.
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