A Twisting Plywood Sculpture Evokes a Denser, Greener London

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Images courtesy of the Architectural Association Summer School 2011 Programme, unless otherwise noted.

The London Architectural Association has done a lot of eyebrow-raising work over the years, most of it elegant, conceptual and temporary. This year's summer school program's creation is no exception. A twisting network of plywood "leaves," made from salvaged exhibition panels, winds its way through the AA building. It is meant as a statement on how London will sustainably adapt to the hyper-density that the students believe is the city's future.

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The key to that adaptation is inward vertical growth, an idea that's been debated on TreeHugger more than once. The project, called 3013 Installation, was led by artist Lawrence Lek, industrial designer Onur Ozkaya, and architect Jesse Randzio. It consists of three skins that connect the fourth story terrace to the courtyard below.

The project is an imagination of "how public space could evolve and adapt to smaller, vertical sites." It's certainly more conceptual than practical, but that doesn't take away from its beauty.

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Photo: Valerie Bennett
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