The Buddhist temple soon to be built in Taichang, China, takes shape of a Mobius ring, reflecting the basic principles of Buddhism and the idea of reincarnation. With the aid of digital design and fabrication techniques, the spatial logic of the building is rooted in the idea of “formlessness”.
The Mathematics of Beauty
The Fibonacci Sequence is a sequence of numbers where each number is the sum of the previous two—i.e., 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34…and so on to infinity. The ratio of one number to the next is approximately 1.61803, which is called “phi”, or the Golden Ratio. It’s not a magical mathematical equation of the universe, but it definitely reflects natural, aesthetically beautiful patterns. The ratio been used as the ideal proportion standard by artists and architects throughout history, and it’s also found in nature because it’s one of the most efficient way to pack things together. The human body can mostly be divided up in terms of the golden ratio, with one nose, two eyes, three segments to each limb, five fingers on each hand, and our measurements and proportions also reflect the ratio, especially the proportions of the human face—the width of the nose, position of the eyes, length of the chin. Our attraction to another person increases if their body and features are symmetrical and proportional, since we perceive them to be healthier, and so the Golden Ratio appears to be connected with humans ideals of beauty. It’s worth noting, however, that although the ratio can create a beautiful face, it can’t create a beautiful mind.
David Letellier, Tessel, 2010, installation, 400x200x300cm, kinetic sculpture installation
Tessel is constituted of a suspended and articulated topography of 4 x 2 m, subdivided into forty triangles. Twelve of them are fitted with motors and eight are equipped with audio transducers, which transform the surface into a dynamic sonic space. A dialogue between space and sound is created through this sculptural “choreography”. Our perception is altered, as the surface slowly modifies its shape. - DL
Made from recycled advertising banners, Living Pixels by Chan Wan Ki, Chen Siu Wa, Shai Chai, Suen Ka Hei (SD WORKS, Hong Kong), are beautiful pixelated and lit creations that take on an amoebic lifeform. Only one side of these are painted so when they are not illuminated, they appear to be minimalistic and white. Once lit, colors birth from the interior and create a voluminous sculpture.
Not sure if its the reclaimed raked popular bar die and clad walls, the white washed hand cut pine sculptural wood pieces behind the register, or the perforated and mirror surfaces that interact atmospherically with its surrounding elements that make this space so special. If something must be said of this project at Sushi-teria by Form-ula in the atrium space of the Citigroup building in NYC, it is that there was a deep understanding of how one plane belongs 3 dimensionally to a group of planes. I love the different textures and how they play off of eachother to create illusion.