Building on the AIA NY's goal of providing links between emerging practices on opposite coasts, the design for this exhibition in New York of six up-and-coming San Francisco architecture firms
took inspiration from each city’s signature bridge.
Assymetrical ‘light cones’ were determined through weaving parachute chord through custom-fabricated aluminum rings. Each ring contained the name of a recognized firm and hovered over a pedestal displaying a CNC-milled model of that firm’s work on the mezzanine floor below. The street viewer’s eye was drawn from the top of the double-height space down to the exhibition, which was situated below grade level. The form of the cones was achieved solely through the periodic overlay of the weave, and a non-uniform weighting of the lower ring— allowing gravitational force to pull it into a dynamic position.
Portfolios and studio portraits were mounted on galvanized pegboard—referencing bolt patterning on the Bay bridge—and lit with fluorescent fixtures wrapped in orange gels. As the multiple voices influencing the project all had differing opinions on the Golden Gate’s color, we opportunely painted a gradation of oranges from bright primary to the deep reddish of sunset.