Arborescence (2014)

Client: Loop.pH
Architect: Loop.pH
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Date: 2014-12-01 00:00:00 +0000
Tags: Netherlands, art, mesh, modelling, floating, deck

Following the Archilace structure built in Letchworth, UK, artists Loop.pH proposed a more ambitious development for a light festival in Amsterdam, namely a cantilevering set of interdependent arch like surfaces which seem to ‘grow’ out of a canal.

The resulting organic shape was a huge challenge to structural engineering. The sheer number of members, in excess of 55,000 ,pushed computational analysis to its limit. We were able to build on the lessons learnt at Letchworth to analyse the thousands of interwoven 1.5mm diameter rings of glass fibre rods and to set out the glass fibre reinforcement to the best effect.

Our role also extended to conceptual design and build ability advice on a floating deck for the structure.

Videos of the making of the structure and the final installation can be seen here:

  • Arborescence footage https://vimeo.com/113924447
  • The Making of https://vimeo.com/113924446