Architect Marc Fornes of THEVERYMANY New York design studio created an installation for the FRAC Centre in Orleans, France. This installation, the nonLin/Lin Pavilion, is a giant, non-linear structure made of aluminum that resembles ocean coral.

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The pavilion’s shape is based off a computer generated design that creates a network of tubes, much like coral, with over 155,000 asterisk-shaped perforations that form rings around the tubes, giving the structure texture and a sense of depth. NonLin/Lin Pavilion’s self-supporting structure is stable enough for viewers to interact with and climb on.

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Fornes’ interesting installation has become part of FRAC’s permanent collection, though it can be disassembled and reassembled in new locations. This pavilion is the product of countless hours of research on the structural elements of environments; it was specifically created with biomimetic technology that mimics nature to construct the coral-like look and feel.

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NonLin/Lin Pavilion is meant to arouse a sense of harmony within the design of natural habitats and environment. It also engages the viewers in spatial illusions and notions of limitation.

By Veronica Mattaboni

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