steven holl: inversion   INTERNI hybrid architecture & design steven holl: inversion   INTERNI hybrid architecture & design
apr 13, 2013

steven holl: inversion INTERNI hybrid architecture & design

‘inversion’ by steven holl on display at the universita degli studi, milan, italyimage © designboom

 

 

 

steven holl‘s ‘ inversion’, presented on occasion of milan designweek 2013, features digitally cut 21 million year old limestone from a quarry in lecce, italy. a five axis CNC mill carved a composition of voids out of the rectangular blocks based on an interpreted watercolor by holl. six stone volumes, weighing 1133 kg each frame a shallow pool of water that mirrors the renaissance loggias of the cortile 700 in universita degli studi di milano, a contrastingly rhythmic repetition of columns and modular arches. each form is conceived as a sectional slice that reveals reversed solid-to-void relationship, further inverted in the mirror-like pool. at night, iguzzini-designed LED strip tubes provide a warm yellow glow to the cuts in the 1.2 meter-tall monuments while a misting system by teuco guzzini further imbues the space with a ethereal scattering of light and reflections. from the INTERNI hybrid architecture and design exhibition in milan, the sculpted stones will be flown to the united states to be installed in the architecture of the new, steven holl-designed performing arts center at princeton university.

 

 

 

the forms are composed in a courtyard delineated by loggias image © designboom

 

 

the stone forms frame a sheet of waterimage © designboom

 

 

some forms are more dematerialized than others image © designboom

 

 

no technical drawings were used in the production of the forms image © designboom

 

 

image © designboom

 

 

the scalar relationship explored in the architecture of the stones image © designboom

 

 

an LED strip is fitted into voids illuminating the pieces from within image © designboom

 

 

the milled limestone forms and renaissance loggias reflect in the shallow pool image © designboom

 

 

at night the carved voids are illuminated image courtesy of steven holl architects

 

 

view of the installation process from the lighting designers video © iguzzini

 

 

the five axis CNC mill cools the cuts with a rotating waterjet image © steven holl

 

 

the small watercolor that dictated the carvings image © steven holl

 

  • where I can find the video of the process by CNC ?

    gus says:
  • The sculptures and the poolss would have been much more aesthetic in a wide open space – (perhaps green lawn) – without the backdrop of conflicting ancient architecture. The pool and gravel are very cold and removed from the warmth of the curvacious ancient arches.

    The new sculptures are very distracting to the eye….even one would be too much. I understand modernism joining with the old…a modernistic Noguchi style , or even Brancusi would have been better.

    The pools look they were some metal pans just placed there and filled with water. Its completely non effective.

    The night photo is the only time it works.

    Mary Anne Enriquez says:
  • to many sections of each piece carry the same spacial volume and weight
    it may be interesting how old the stone is and the mechanics of the cutting tool
    but the art is only as good as the artist
    and the artist needs to >be able to control the tool
    AND to understand sculptural tensions/negative-positive relationships
    I am left wanting as I view this work

    Paedra says:

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