Moiréshade was a proposal for shade structures for the sprawling Reach 11 sports complex, located in northwest Phoenix. We found the featureless horizontal expanse of the site to be almost disorienting; the only landmarks being the mountains in the hazy distance.
In the absence of any other natural shade provider (with the exception of the trees), clouds are the largest yet infrequent source of shade—ever shifting in size and location and taking on different forms. We considered the optical phenomenon of a desert sunset with its play of light and graduating colors.
The four shade structures, while of a family, are each distinct from one another by their form, size and color combination. Scaled to act as way-finding devices and markers of gathering places, they are intended to be visible from afar within the expanded horizontal space of Reach 11.
The proposed shade structures are fabricated from round tubing planes, layered and offset to create vibrant interference patterns that perceptually shift their form depending on the point of view and the light of the day: sharp forms with fuzzy edges. We aimed to create dynamic “non-objects”—abstract volumes rather than representational objects, blending in without imitating their surroundings—situated on each site to ensure there is shade during the hottest times of the year.