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Ball Nogues: Designing With Light & Shadow

Ball Nogues: Designing With Light & Shadow
Design
Nicko Margolies
  • 22 may 2009

Ball Nogues, a studio of forward-thinking designers and builders, created an unusual shadow structure in the summer of 2005 to illustrate their approach to aesthetics entitled, Maximilian’s Schell. The temporary outdoor structure is a mosaic of carefully fabricated “petals.”

The unique aesthetic grew from manipulating Mylar and reinforcing the materials with Nylon and Kevlar fibers.  The computer-cut membranes were comprised in a matrix of over 500 individual petals and fabricated in only two weeks.  The result is an impressive pattern of fractal shadows cast across an open courtyard.  The installation is an impressive showcase to the design capabilities of modern technology even through the minimal use of materials.  For more images of the project, view the online gallery.

Ball Nogues discusses its approach to architecture on their site:

We seek opportunities to build that are outside the treacherous restraints of the conventional architectural milieu so that we may more tightly focus our energies on research and practice that directly addresses the experiential realm of the physically constructed world and the transition of material from an architecturally scaled structure through its dismantling and beyond. Our design process is a carefully orchestrated collaboration between partners – one focused on digital development, the other using a hands-on approach to fabrication research. Scale models, computer models, and full scale mock-ups inform one another in a cycle of feedback so we may study all aspects of a design at various scales and through various media.


A more recent project was the Copper Droopscape at the Coachella Valley Music Festival in California. The festival project similarly utilized the environment to create unique patterns of light and shadow.  Continued projects like the Copper Droopscape and the Maximilian’s Schell show Ball Nogues’ devotion to unconventional design.

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