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london festival of architecture, june 2008

with ALICElab (ch), signpost winner, overall winner

published in "explorations in architecture" by Reto Geiser, 2008

pavilion

video documentation of : fabrication, pre-assembly, on-site assembly and walkthrough

initially designed for the tower bridge plaza, overflow is an environment-modulating structure. light conditions and tidal cycles are central design components in this dynamic intervention that uses the rising water of the thames as an activating trigger for a man-made controlled construction. 
the result is overflow, a carpet-like cantilevered structure which materializes a phenomenological take on the perception of the built environment.
the radial disposition of its ribs engages passersby without the need for a priviledged viewpoint. constantly reframing its iconic background, it brings a dynamic perspective on the city. constructed from expanded polystyrene, it exploits its ephemeral condition by using the material’s fatigue as a design component.
the installation was set up in front of the tate modern, at a crossroads of commuters, locals and tourists.

overflow lfa london festival of architecture 2008 epfl alice lab - high tide
overflow lfa london festival of architecture 2008 epfl alice lab - low tide

view from tate modern wharf : high tide, low tide

overflow lfa london festival of architecture 2008 epfl alice lab - high tide 02
overflow lfa london festival of architecture 2008 epfl alice lab - low tide 02

view from millenium bridge : high tide, low tide

design process

overflow lfa london festival of architecture 2008 epfl alice lab - section - high tide

section, high tide - the canopy

overflow lfa london festival of architecture 2008 epfl alice lab - section - low tide

section, low tide - the screen

overflow lfa london festival of architecture 2008 epfl alice lab - dynamic section

variations of movement and shape in one tidal cycle

overflow lfa london festival of architecture 2008 epfl alice lab - plan

top view and general dimensions

overflow lfa london festival of architecture 2008 epfl alice lab - cross section

view A, frontal, a mesh consisting of two sets of radial ribs

making of

study model

study model

model of the nodes, cardboard mesh

study model

study model

model of the ribs, cardboard and string

mock-up

mock-up

one rib, foam, rope 1:1

test

test

tower bridge plaza

overflow test run

overflow test run

renens, switzerland

overflow test run

overflow test run

renens, switzerland

packing overflow

packing overflow

explorations in architecture

explorations in architecture

published in explorations in architecture : teaching, design, research, Reto Geiser, 2008