MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY Creates Two Sculptural Installations In France

MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY have created two architectural installations, Under Stress and Sous Tension, in the public areas of The French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA), located in Rennes, France.

Under Stress by MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY

From MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY

The structures engage the spaces with their intricate and gestural movements that effortlessly travel over the areas. They provide visitors with iconic hubs for informal and spontaneous social gatherings while expressing the tension between the dynamic interactions from the multi-directional and converging paths within the public spaces. More than a signal for the school, they become elements of enhancement for the school’s identity.

Under StressUnder Stress by MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY

Under Stress by MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY

Under Stress by MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY

Sous TensionSous Tension by MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY

 

Sous Tension by MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY

Sous Tension by MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY

From MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY

//RESEARCH/ The lightweight, ultra-thin structures are the result of an on-going research from the studio into custom computational protocols for optimization of surface tension, geometric description for information modeling, and (re)assembly efficiency up to logistics of transportation.

//SKIN/ Multiple generative steps were developed to form a continuous, structurally performing skin system. An initial topological mesh object, connecting on six distributed anchor points within the space, is submitted to an iterative surface tension process. A seventh extra anchor toward the ceiling, not physically connected, is added in order to maximize double curvature along the surface, and therefore embedding inherent stiffness.

//MORPHOLOGY/ Stress flows obtained from structural analysis (for Under Stress) and tensions lines (for Sous Tension) are translated into a vector-field used for directional fitness by a series of distributed “agents”, flowing along the overall morphology. The non-intersecting trails of the “agents” are eventually materialized into non-linear aluminum stripes, of length equivalent to the “agents”’ lives. These stripes are connected together and held in place with rivets, maintaining a smooth flow of forces along the surface through tangential continuity while describing the overall morphology. Such search protocols are used to replace traditional descriptive geometry rule-sets often far too complex on such non-linear morphologies.

Design: MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY

All photography by Brice Pelleschi
Courtesy of MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY