‘optic clouds’ by predock frane architects
‘optic clouds’ was commissioned for the material matters exhibition at the pacific design center as part of
a curated architectural group show. a requirement of the PDC was to situate each fabricated object within
existing spherical planters.
developed by american predock frane architects, the proposal is a cohesive group of five ‘filament wound’ objects.
formed of bulbous layers of intensely colored fiberglass lines, each object produces a variant shape and color model.
working within the material domain of filament winding, our project applies ‘lo-fi’ techniques to a normally rigidly
controlled fabrication technology.
informed by aspects of ‘op-art’, cloud formation and animated sequences of explosions, the assembly of the objects
re-thinks the formwork or ‘mandrel’. this normally static component is made dynamic by constructing it out of inflatable
clusters that can be easily re-used and re-configured to produce a range of shapes and behaviors. like russian dolls,
‘optic clouds’ produces a nested, three layer set of clusters, each structurally connected to each other and each exhibiting
a slightly different morphology (horizontally biased to vertically biased). color is introduced as an organizing and
detail of an ‘optic cloud’
optic clouds at pacific design center
filament winding details