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2.3 Bylgja Membrane Installation, 2008

Bylgja – Membrane and Cable-net Installation – Daniel Coll I Capdevila, Michael Hensel and Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel, Toni Kotnik, Achim Menges – OCEAN @ FRAC Centre Orléans, 2008

 

Bylgja is the Old Norse root of the word billow. As a noun it refers to a large sea wave or a large undulating, swelling or surging mass. As a verb it means to rise up or swell out. The installation aimed at creating a space of a rising and swelling array of membranes that amounts to an exceedingly differentiated canopy.

 

Bylgja combines a branching cable-net with arrays of membranes set within the net. Both net and membranes belong to form-active tension systems and can thus be form-found and optimised together and calibrated in an interdependent way. The assembly displays hierarchical articulation. The branching cable-net is the primary system that serves to distribute 60 membranes strategically in space. Size, curvature and distance of the membranes are determined by the distance of cables in each branch. The hierarchical differentiation of the system makes it possible to yield equally differentiated effects with regards to light reflection and shadow pattern. As an exterior system Bylgja would thus be able to be adjusted to a specific geographic location with regards to the path and angle of the sun, so as to accomplish a desired and differentiated environmental modulation. The installation is a full-scale prototype at a stage just before industrial production.

 

The installation was designed by OCEAN as part of the Conception Performative exhibition at the FRAC Centre in Orléans – 8 February to 15 June 2008.

 

Design: Daniel Coll I Capdevila, Michael Hensel and Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel, Toni Kotnik, Achim Menges

Construction: Michael Hensel and Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel, Francois Jupin (FRAC), Anthony Barrault (FRAC)

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