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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

‘La Fabrique Sonore’ Exhibition in Reims, France by Hyoung-Gul Kook, Ali Momeni and Robin Meier

 
January 4th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Hyoung-Gul Kook, Ali Momeni and Robin Meier

The fold, as a multi-layered metaphor for the relationship between mind and matter, inspires plis/replis. The installation is made up of a highly geometric, folded and suspended structure that amplifies the experiences and metaphors of champagne. The primary structure, a 10 x 10 x 12m cone suspended in a pyramid, underground cave (a “crayères”) – one of the largest crayères of Vranken-Pommery’s 18km long underground system of corridors and caves dating back to Roman times.  This architectural augmentation of the space also serves as a functional loud speaker.  A glass platform suspended at the focal point within the cone holds a vessel filled with champagne. Using the actual sounds of effervescence picked up by a special microphone immersed in the champagne vessel, a real-time analysis/synthesis audio system creates a continually evolving sound environment, diffused downward from above.

Image Courtesy Hyoung-Gul Kook, Ali Momeni and Robin Meier

  • Architects: Hyoung-Gul Kook, Ali Momeni and Robin Meier
  • Project: ‘La Fabrique Sonore’ Exhibition
  • Location: Reims, France
  • Curated by: Claire Staebler and Charles Carcopino for Vranken Pommery Monopole, Reims, France

Image Courtesy Hyoung-Gul Kook, Ali Momeni and Robin Meier

The architectural design of this work combines ancient paper folding techniques with contemporary computer-aided-design and manufacturing processes. The form is inspired by mathematician and origami expert Taketoshi Nojima, especially his work reproducing organic forms from folded paper. Our collaboration with architect Hyoung-Gul Kook allowed us to design, fabricate and assemble this suspended 345 cubic-meter structure from 285 flat sheets of aluminum/polyethylene composite, precisely folded 2,535 times. This structure acoustically amplifies the sound from a single speaker-driver in order to create an enclosed space that bathes the listener in its center in sound.

Image Courtesy Hyoung-Gul Kook, Ali Momeni and Robin Meier

Image Courtesy Hyoung-Gul Kook, Ali Momeni and Robin Meier

Image Courtesy Hyoung-Gul Kook, Ali Momeni and Robin Meier

Image Courtesy Hyoung-Gul Kook, Ali Momeni and Robin Meier

Image Courtesy Hyoung-Gul Kook, Ali Momeni and Robin Meier

Image Courtesy Hyoung-Gul Kook, Ali Momeni and Robin Meier

Pommery pano outside

Folding pattern study

Environment

Panels

Detail

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