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Studio Gang : Hive

Like all summers since 4 years, the National Building Museum of Washington (USA) organizes the Summer Block Party event, in which an ephemeral installation structure is installed in order to receive its cultural programming. On this occasion, the Studio Gang collective based in Chicago (USA) realizes Hive, A tripartite tubular structure with futuristic beehive tunes.

The installation carried out by the Chicago collective includes three circular interconnected chambers which consist of more 2 700 paper tubes, silvered outside and pink inside. These elements, stacked on top of each other, form large hivelike domes - the highest of which culminates at 18 meters - inspired by the famous accomplishments of this structural typology, such as the Gateway Arch by Eero Saarinen (USA) , The Nagoya Dome of Mitsubishi Estate (Japan), and the Brunelleschi Dome at the Cathedral of Florence (Italy).

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The choice of paper as a material is not insignificant: in addition to its durable and environmental properties - because recyclable - it also has great acoustic properties. From then on, the main vault is intended to host concerts while the smaller one houses instruments, also tubular, such as chimes or elongated drums.

"When you entered the Great Hall, you felt almost an impression of outdoor space because of the distance traveled before a sound was reflected and made audible. We have designed a series of rooms with acoustics ideal for intimate conversations and encounters as well as performances and musical experiments. " Jeanne Gang, founder of Studio Gang

The selection of colors is also to be taken into consideration. If the external appearance of these ducts is reminiscent of industrial metallic pipes, the magenta color that fills them is a reference to the Women's March - a mostly female social event aimed at denouncing Donald Trump's policy - which took place on 21 last January. All the United States. Indeed, this shade was present on many bonnets, whose designers were inspired for their realization. A choice both aesthetic and socio-political.

This monumental sculpture will be accompanied by the works of architects BIG, Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonon, Snarkitecture as well as those of James Corner Fields Operations.

Summer Block Party, until 4 September at the National Building Museum in Washington (USA).

For more information, visit Studio Gang

Photographs: Timothy Schenck

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