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I used my explorations of Architectural Shell Structures to inform this design for a sculptural installation for a stairwell in the new science block at Abingdon School, Oxford.
The assymetrical spiral geometry of the 10 metre steel structure follows all the way up through each of the three floors, culminating at the apex approximately 3 metres up from the top floor. The arches at the base are high enough for a person to walk into the structure and look all the way to the top. The structure would not be seen in its entirity at any point, presenting instead a series of ever-changing immersive vistas to people as they use the stairwell. The sculpture is also designed to cast complex shadows against the architectural structure in response to multiple and changing light sources.
The design was not eventually selected for the school's 2014 call for proposals. Nevertheless, the design was considered viable by architects and engineers whom I consulted as part of the design process, and I hope to find future opportunities to create large architectural installations.
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