amid.cero9: the golden dome
amid.cero9: the golden dome amid.cero9: the golden dome
dec 16, 2011

amid.cero9: the golden dome

‘the golden dome’ by amid.cero9 image © designboom

the ‘architectural environments for tomorrow – new spatial practices in architecture and art’, an exhibition at the MOT museum of contemporary art tokyo, explores the modern interconnectivity between technology, urbanism and the way designers respond and influence our changing global culture. the show is a collaboration between yuko hasegawa, the MOT tokyo chief director and SANAA architects (kazuyo sejima and ryue nishizawa).

inflated golden balloon hanging from ceiling  image © designboom

amongst with 28 artists and architects is amid.cero9, a collaboration between cristina díaz moreno and efrén garcía grinda. 
a response to topographic patterns, an inflated form floats overhead to create ‘the golden dome’. the flexible structure creates
a sense of partial concealment as it creates an interior environment within the larger surroundings. the balloon is a prototype
for a large scale outdoor version. patterns based on welding points, seams, anchoring points and holes have been created
for different possible locations. filled with helium, the organic shapes have to be held down either by heavier objects,
whether it be architectural monuments, trees, or specifically placed articles of furniture. inexpensive materials and
the use of the surrounding environment give this project the potential to be explored for practical housing purposes. 

the installation and models are prototypes for a large scale version  image © designboom

‘natural disasters, such as the 3.11 earthquake, or political and social unease always exists in some form or another throughout the world. against this backdrop, what kind of existence can architecture provide for the people? in this exhibition, we will present the ‘discoveries’ that are made when universal architectural expression, inspired by the diverse experiences and ideas of people, nature and society, both in Japan and around the world, is fused with local wisdom and technology.’ – the museum of contemporary art tokyo 

detail of material image © designboom

view from underneath image © designboom

small scale models  image © designboom

different colors and heights change the experience of being underneath the inflated object  image © designboom

perspective  image © amid.cero9 photo by designboom

diagram of full scale helium balloon being held down by a variety of antique furniture  image © amid.cero9 photo by designboom

site map  image © amid.cero9 photo by designboom

topographic illustration and diagram of model  image © amid.cero9 photo by designboom

elevation  image © amid.cero9 photo by designboom

elevation  image © amid.cero9 photo by designboom

diagram of patterns, welding points, seams, anchoring points and holes  image © amid.cero9 photo by designboom

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