Would you have guessed that this installation Inverscape was completed by an architecture studio? It was. Studio Integrate describes itself “an international architectural studio, located in London.” (I’m not sure where the other nation is.) The principle designers of Integrate all graduated from the Architectural Association in London and utilize computational processes in ways I don’t entirely understand. You may not have guessed than an architecture firm created this puckered ceilingscape of sheer fabric, but the installation relies on the frenemy of architecture: gravity. Red components throughout the network are either anchored to the ceiling or unanchored; the unanchored red bits pull the fabric down and away from the parts bolted to the ceiling, controlling the dimensions of the project. Proof that this is the work of an architecture firm is in the description: “The top layer acts as the boundary frame and the bottom layer is hanging, generating the form via applying the self-weight into the fabric. Applying a second layer of differentiated patterns on both fabric and frames enhances the quality of light modulation, creating a dynamic interior condition.” Who, but an architect, could have written that?
Maybe the name Inverscape comes from inverting the relationship of the architects to gravity. In most structural systems, gravity wants to make things flat, but in this project, gravity wants to give more dimension to a translucent terrain above our heads.