• Client
    Competition Entry
  • Architect
    Marco Vanucci, OPENSYSTEMS Architecture Ltd.



This project explores the potential of minimal surface geometry as a space-making device, investigating the equilibrium of compressive and tensile forces in the endeavour to produce a spatially and visually-compelling installation to a large central atrium space.

In mathematics, a Seifert surface is one where the boundary is given a knot or link. We expanded this notion of continuous surface in the vertical dimension. The result is a fluid vertical extrusion of doubly-curved surfaces drawing a continuous revolution in 3D space.

The modular nature of the structure allows ease of installation. The installation is a self-supporting structure comprising a CNC bent aluminium frame and a stretching membrane (lycra) that facilitate transportation and construction. The parametric design strategy developed during the design process allowed us to form-find the correct geometry while, in turn, extracting all the relevant data to efficiently fabricate and assemble the structure. This process not only provided a simple, cost-effective solution, but allowed us to make the best use of form and matter and produce remarkable spatial effects.

The concave and convex geometry of the fabric produces multiple visual plays. The movement of the user, at different levels, reveals the complex nature of the installation displaying its ever-changing spatial and visual complexity.

MINIMA provides a unique spatial solution redefining the integral relationship between form, matter, structure and manufacturing process; the project interprets the future of the built environment as the systemic integration of multiple design parameter within an open-ended, light-weight built form.

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