Pleated Inflation Instllation by Theverymany, Argeles-sur-mer – France

November 19th, 2015 by retail design blog

Led by architect Marc Fornes, Theverymany is a New York-based studio that engages art and architecture using a computational process realized with digital fabrication. The firm’s most recently completed project – Pleated Inflation – is an informal amphitheatre located on the grounds of a high school in Argeles-sur-mer, France.


Research into lightweight, self-supporting systems that unify skin, structure, ornamentation and experience have led the studio to develop a series of arrangements for ‘structural shingle’. The project strikes a balance between structural performance and spatial experience. Fornes explains, ‘The design was developed through custom computational protocols of structural form finding, descriptive geometry and stress flow-driven porosity,’ resulting in a voluminous skin constructed with minimal lightweight material. Pleated Inflation is assembled of 990 aluminium shingles, each digitally prefabricated to ensure maximum strength across the whole form. Overlapping pleats create a continuous configuration, adding rigidity to the structure.


The project is part of the French 1% Artistique programme, which ensures one percent of any budget for the construction of a public building is allocated to some form of artwork. In addition to being an energetic and eye-catching sculpture, the amphitheatre doubles as a functional space for the public realm. Upon entering the organic configuration on a sunny day, students become encompassed by a shower of twisted light rays and ornate shadows cast by the perforated pleats. A layer of vibrant colours add a playful boldness, inviting students to approach and explore the construct.










via Frameweb

Carton rouge restaurant by Studio JANREJI, Paris - France
Carton rouge restaurant by Studio JANREJI, Paris - France
Resignation Media / theCHIVE Offices by Chioco Design, Austin – Texas
Resignation Media has moved into a new office space located in Austin, Texas...
Revival#1 - Loominate interactive installation by Jean-Charles Penot and Phu Nhi...
Stretching across six meters, Loominate gives the appearance of a fully func...
The work of Miyake Issey exhibition by Tokujin Yoshioka, Tokyo - Japan
The show sheds light on Miyake’s ideas about making things, and his approach...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *