Seeing Machine

Brunel Gateway, England



Seeing Machine:
Brunel Gateway 

Architecture is an instrument constructed through qualities of experience and modes of perception radically restructuring our everyday.

Through an invitation from world-renowned performance artist Stelarc, Minimaforms was asked to develop a gateway structure for Brunel University. The pavilion structure is one of a family of architectural interventions that are proposed as part of a university campus works project. The brief was to develop a system that would correlate these interventions and identify critical sites as a means to restructure the public space of a university that has expanded rapidly in recent years beyond its original campus design. 

Brunel Gateway is a seeing machine, structured as an open-cell network that operates through a series of operable convex and concave lenses, amplifying and collapsing the experiential relationships between users and their context. Developed through a parametrically controlled cellular deployment system, these lenses are distributed with both optical and structural parameters at play. The underbellies of these lenses extend as part of a three-dimensional fibre field in which structural fibres and optic hairs are set out. The access plane hovering over the water surface of the reflection pool is constructed as a series of walkable lily pads that enable users to experience a complete sensorial displacement as one moves through this architecture of interface.

Selected Works

The Order of TimeProject type

Petting ZooRobotic Sculpture

Of and In the WorldRobotic Sculpture

Memory Cloud DetroitProject type

Dark MatterProject type

Emotive CityProject type

Nodeul IslandProject type

VehicleRobotic Sculpture

Soft CastProject type

FacebreederRobotic Sculpture

Becoming AnimalProject type