‘wooden foliage’ by jwalant mahadebwala and rooshad shroff
all photos by jwalant mahadevwala
having been invited by CEPT university in ahmedabad, india as facilitators for a space making wood workshop –
an initiative by the school’s design innovation and craft resource centre (DICRC) – jwalant mahadebwala of andblack studio
and rooshad of rooshadSHROFF architecture and design were posed with the task of designing and manufacturing a canopy
utilizing left over wooden parts from a previous studio course, and execute the piece within 72 hours.
the brief they were given required that the indian creatives incorporate 100 cylindrical wooden members (2′ long / 2" in diameter)
with tapering ends as the form’s primary structural material. the duo decided to slice these pieces which resulted in 7000 discs.
they drilled holes along the perimeter of each circular component and connecting them into an expansive, light and flexible sheath
stitched together through the use of 26,000 staple pins. ‘wooden foliage’ is suspended between two trees and serves as a shading
creating a pattern play of light and shadow on the ground below.
the resulting large canopy resembles a wooden fabric and is situated
within the main plaza of the school of interior design (SID) on the CEPT campus.
the wooden fabric hanging among the trees
‘wooden foliage’ is suspended from two trees creating a canopy
7000 circular wooden disks form the expansive sheath
up close look at the wooden discs which are held together by staple pins
the massive work is situated in the main plaza of the school of interior design at CEPT university in ahmedabad, india
up close look at the undulating structure
‘wooden foliage’ by night
100 cylindrical wooden elements + 7,000 wooden discs + 26,000 staples + 72 hrs + 384 man hrs = 1 canopy
project name : wooden foliage, ahmedabad
completion date: 10th june, 2012
principal designers: jwalant mahadevwala (andblack design studio, ahmedabad) and rooshad shroff (rooshad shroff architecture + design, mumbai)
credits : professor krishna shastri, SID;
professor kirit patel, SID; jay thakkar, DICRC; nikunj choradiya, co-facilitator, DICRC workshop at CEPT university.