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Acoustic Cloud


Juliana Herrero


Like film, architecture has frequencies, rhythms, drama...

The “Thing” got a name: "Acoustic Cloud"


This project started as an impossible contract within the street, our given space, the affordable solutions to avoid the outer noise and the necessity of appropriation of that space, between all kinds of fluctuant forces. While the first face that negotiated between inside and outside through removable acoustic panels was done but the inner acoustic had still to be solved, the cloud project started to exist as the quasi minimal solution out of remains of materials initially designated to close the windows. At this point the illusionary aspect of this project took also certain relevance: by not seeing the street, when the panels are fixed, we don’t "see the sound" and ...also by seeing the floating surface we could perceive a similar phenomena.

The challenge of this project relays in the flexibility of the triangulated and articulated surface, a kind of structure that allows variations of sequential folds and densities, while it generates a kind of falling interior landscape, upside down, absorbing the sound better than a flat surface. Within the process and its counter time our acoustic "thing" became a "cloud".

In a certain way the "Acoustic Cloud" relates to a structure of "chaos" that within its articulated surface unfolds to create a dynamic spatial expression, while it still encloses space within the space. Due to the high technological material of the inner surface and the expansions and compressions intervals in its spatial configuration this cloud would contribute to improve the acoustic performance of the "clouded" area in our Art & Science space.
The whole process of the cloud had included many geometrical models based in equilateral triangles dealing with digital and analogue techniques that made out of the final product an other model in scale 1:1 that still keeps this idea of the "model". It is one frozen moment of its multiple variations that captured our interaction at the very moment of hanging it, this frozen moment could be another one at anytime by pulling the ropes. The open possibilities of this structure are material for further explorations and experiments considering subdivisions, and subdivisions from subdivisions, which could lead us into fractal landscape configurations, elastic interfaces, material or immaterial issues swelling at the borders of the disciplines.


with the participation of: Pepa Bugueiro, Alin Cirstea, Franz Gruber, Ashley Holwell, Michael Mehling, David Palme and Nik Stutzle


Building physics: Stefan Moser

Commissioned by the Art & Science Department


Thanks to: Stephan Staudigl, Mr. Korischum, Harry Mayer


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Artscience Space
December 03, 2010