Orproject, a London-based architecture practice, unveiled a room-sized, nature-inspired canopy entitled, ‘Vana,’ for the India Design Forum exhibited in The Brick House in New Delhi. The exhibit is a geometric pattern of material that simulates the growing process of trees. As the surface tension moves, the LED’s glow through, creating a sparkling array of light that takes you to a fairyland of sorts.
From the Architect: “Orproject developed a series of algorithms that digitally generate open and closed venation patterns, which can be used to simulate the growth of topiaries. The systems consist of a set of seed points that grow and branch towards target points in order to maximize exposure to light for each leaf. The resulting geometries fulfill these requirements and provide a suitable structural and circulatory system for the plant.”
The installation, Vana, is designed as a single surface in tension that hangs from the ceiling and descends into the space as four columns of light. The surface is tessellated into triangular segments which are connected by stitched joints. Backlit with LEDs, light shines through the gaps and illuminates the space below with an immersive glow.
The concept of this exhibit can be easily morphed to other environments and designs. Details such as stitching, material usage and lighting, whether used alone or together, can create a memorable and engaging architectural experience. A host of fabrics can be incorporated which allow for organic shapes and interest. The enticing attributes of ‘Vana’ show how incorporating these same details creates an enchanting environment.