Project 20

AR-MA
Trifolium

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A behind the scenes look at Trifolium 

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AR-MA
Trifolium, 2014

Corian panels, stainless steel brackets, robotically trimmed HDPE setting blocks, mirror polished black stainless steel panels, mild steel plate with paint finish, cast granite aggregate pavers and fibre optic lighting system
Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney

Photo: Brett Boardman

AR-MA
Trifolium, 2014

Corian panels, stainless steel brackets, robotically trimmed HDPE setting blocks, mirror polished black stainless steel panels, mild steel plate with paint finish, cast granite aggregate pavers and fibre optic lighting system
Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney

Photo: Brett Boardman

AR-MA
Trifolium, 2014

Corian panels, stainless steel brackets, robotically trimmed HDPE setting blocks, mirror polished black stainless steel panels, mild steel plate with paint finish, cast granite aggregate pavers and fibre optic lighting system
Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney

Photo: Brett Boardman

AR-MA
Trifolium, 2014

Corian panels, stainless steel brackets, robotically trimmed HDPE setting blocks, mirror polished black stainless steel panels, mild steel plate with paint finish, cast granite aggregate pavers and fibre optic lighting system
Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney

Photo: Brett Boardman

AR-MA
Trifolium, 2014

Corian panels, stainless steel brackets, robotically trimmed HDPE setting blocks, mirror polished black stainless steel panels, mild steel plate with paint finish, cast granite aggregate pavers and fibre optic lighting system
Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney

Photo: Jacob Ring

AR-MA
Trifolium, 2014

Corian panels, stainless steel brackets, robotically trimmed HDPE setting blocks, mirror polished black stainless steel panels, mild steel plate with paint finish, cast granite aggregate pavers and fibre optic lighting system
Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney

Photo: Brett Boardman

AR-MA
Trifolium, 2014

Corian panels, stainless steel brackets, robotically trimmed HDPE setting blocks, mirror polished black stainless steel panels, mild steel plate with paint finish, cast granite aggregate pavers and fibre optic lighting system
Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney

Photo: Brett Boardman

AR-MA
Trifolium, 2014

Corian panels, stainless steel brackets, robotically trimmed HDPE setting blocks, mirror polished black stainless steel panels, mild steel plate with paint finish, cast granite aggregate pavers and fibre optic lighting system
Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney

Photo: Brett Boardman

AR-MA
Trifolium, 2014

Corian panels, stainless steel brackets, robotically trimmed HDPE setting blocks, mirror polished black stainless steel panels, mild steel plate with paint finish, cast granite aggregate pavers and fibre optic lighting system
Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney

Photo: Brett Boardman

AR-MA
Trifolium, 2014

Corian panels, stainless steel brackets, robotically trimmed HDPE setting blocks, mirror polished black stainless steel panels, mild steel plate with paint finish, cast granite aggregate pavers and fibre optic lighting system
Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney

Photo: Brett Boardman

AR-MA
Trifolium, 2014

Corian panels, stainless steel brackets, robotically trimmed HDPE setting blocks, mirror polished black stainless steel panels, mild steel plate with paint finish, cast granite aggregate pavers and fibre optic lighting system
Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney

Photo: Brett Boardman

AR-MA
Trifolium, 2014

Corian panels, stainless steel brackets, robotically trimmed HDPE setting blocks, mirror polished black stainless steel panels, mild steel plate with paint finish, cast granite aggregate pavers and fibre optic lighting system
Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney

Photo: Brett Boardman

AR-MA: Trifolium uses advanced computer design to fulfil a conceptual brief – developed by Dr Gene Sherman (Executive Director, SCAF) in partnership with BVN – of a built structure that uses the most progressive technology currently available. The Fugitive Structures concept references London’s Serpentine Gallery’s highly successful Architectural Pavilion series in Kensington Gardens.

Trifolium features a thermally formed and robotically trimmed Corian exterior envelope with 152 laser-cut cylindrical, black mirror-polished interior panels, each connected by digitally fabricated fixings. The futuristic pavilion has the flexibility to be a meeting place, an auditorium or a stage for the Foundation’s many events.

This pavilion allows us to conduct a series of experiments on a small structure. In particular, we’re interested in the interior and in constructing an affective relationship between it and the participants as well as the exterior. We designed the interior first and foremost. It’s not that everything else is an afterthought or a necessity, but the interior drives the whole project. Robert Beson, Director, AR-MA (2014)

AR-MA has worked with some of the leading artists and architects within Australia and internationally, including ARUP, Grimshaw Architects, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, CHROFI, Aspect Architecture, Richard Goodwin, Terroir, Neeson Murcutt Architects and DRAW.

A full-colour catalogue published by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation accompanies the exhibition and includes an essay by Professor Anthony Burke, Head of School of Architecture, University of Technology, Sydney, and interviews with Robert Beson, Director, AR-MA and Tomek Archer and Toby Breakspear, Directors, Tomahawk // Archer Breakspear.

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