|Minimaforms -- Blankspace
Minimaforms is a London-based design and architecture studio run by the brothers Theodore and Stephen Spyropoulos. In February they showed a project called Blankspace at the International Trade Fair of Thessaloniki in Greece.
The project emerged through a fundamental questioning of how architecture could establish a spatial interface that operated through a non-biased collapse of its context. Working through optical restructuring of space, the surface was conceived through a user driven analog system of optics. In Blankspace the instrumentalization that is examined is an operative prototypical surface that has the ability to collapse its surrounding environment as a spatial register. It examines the use of variant soft lenses and viscoelastic 'memory" foam as operative materials that would both become a mechanism to inform and interact with the surrounding environment as well as forming a new navigation system.
The images above are of a prototype analogue optical surface.... The membrane surface is designed through weight displacement as the driving user interactivity that shift optical soft lenses embedded in the surface.
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Date Posted: April 06, 2005