MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY has created ‘minima | maxima’, a site specific installation made of ultra-thin powdered aluminum in astana, kazakhstan. presented during the world expo 2017, the installation transports visitors into a strange, science fiction world where users can engage with the dynamic structure.


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the project extends MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY’s research and development into achieving structural integrity through ‘ultra-thin, self-supporting structures’. these whimsical yet durable curves eliminate the need for columns and beams. the surface is ultra-thin: 6 millimeter aluminum. if an egg were scaled up to the same height as the project, it would be much thicker’, says the design team.


the installation’s curves create a dynamic space for exploration

 

 

the carefully-designed transition from pleated base to smooth and doubly-curved, continuous surface allows the structure to reach a considerable height of 43 feet (akin to 4 building storeys). the project is a multi-ply composite: three layers of flat stripes are constructed in tandem. the layers support one another as they assume curvature and gain height. ‘the system warrants comparison to fiber technology— such as carbon or glass— yet is unique in that unlike fibers, each individual component does not need to be in tension’.


past constructions from the design team have been dubbed ‘crawling assemblies’

 

 

the project was commissioned for world expo 2017, an event which showcases architectural and engineering innovations. the structure will remain a permanent installation that incites curiosity and engagement on the site. past constructions of MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY have been affectionately dubbed ‘crawling assemblies’ for their computational process as well as their likeness to multi-legged critters and curious organic forms.


the pavilion’s base extends into wide and structurally resilient curves


the installation will become a permanent feature of the site


the surface is ultra-thin: 6 millimeters aluminum


the project is a multi-ply composite: three layers of flat stripes are constructed in tandem


the space obscures our preconceived notions of enclosure, entrance/exit, and threshold


the considerable height of 43 feet is akin to 4 building storeys


the installation transports visitors into a ‘strange, science fiction world


the system warrants comparison to fiber technology— such as carbon or glass


the aluminum is illuminated at night 


a ‘networked’ surface rolls in, on and around itself 


construction progress

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