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.
view from tate modern wharf : high tide, low tide
view from millenium bridge : high tide, low tide
section, high tide - the canopy
section, low tide - the screen
variations of movement and shape in one tidal cycle
top view and general dimensions
view A, frontal, a mesh consisting of two sets of radial ribs