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  • Exhibited

    Architectural Association School of Architecture, Bedford Square, London, 3 - 25 July 2009

  • Catalogue Essay


    ‘Driftwood’ explores the potential of plywood, bent and thinly layered, as a medium for fluid architectural form. It was inspired both by the sandstone caverns of Petra, the ancient Jordanian cave city, as well as the eroded texture of beach-combed driftwood. The work exhibits ‘self-similarity.’ In other words, the whole structure is exactly or approximately analogous to one or more of its substructures: the texture of the cut plywood components at super scale and the wood grain texture of the plywood itself.
     
    ‘Driftwood’ exploits contemporary digital methods of design and fabrication: it was modelled (sculpted) by computer; discretised into developable surfaces; and cut into over 2000 unique pieces using computer numerical controlled (CNC) technology. Assembled over a curved, stressed skin frame, the components, like bent jigsaw pieces, form an expressive, fluid totality.
     
    By placing an uncovered but private space at its centre, ‘Driftwood’ establishes delight as the prime concern of pavilion architecture above commodity and accommodation.     
     
    —Charles Walker and Martin Self, Tutors, Unit 2

PROPERTY SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION, LONDON

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'Driftwood' pavilion

2009
Stained spruce Kerto® plywood.
1150 cm. (452 3/4 in.) diameter
Plywood produced by FinnForest, Finland and fabricated in West Dorset, UK.  Designed for the Intermediate Unit 2 pavilion project for the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London.

Estimate
£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £23,750

Design

15 Oct 2009
London