Special Structures


Creativity in structural design reaches from the scale of furniture to high-rise towers. Through special construction and fabrication techniques and structural systems are explored

Commissioned by the Greater London Authority as part of the Wonder series to celebrate the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, BLOOM, designed and developed by Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez from The Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL, is a crowd sourced garden. Designed in neon pink, which is the official Olympics color, BLOOM is conceptualised as an urban toy, a distributed social game and collective “gardening” experience that seeks the engagement of people in order to construct fuzzy BLOOM formations.

A piece of furniture and a social game for the London 2012 Olympics.

  • Designers | Alisa Andrasek
    Jose Sanchez
  • Manufacturers | Atomplast - Plastic Manufacture
  • Staff Lead | Manja Van de Worp
  • Duration | 2012
  • Type | Interactive Urban Toy Installation

The Treaty Shopping Centre sculpture is a commission collaboration with Acrylicize. Hounslow is an area of London currently undergoing regeneration and the sculpture is the largest and newest addition. Commissioned by centre owner Quidnet Capital Partners, the London-based art group was asked to update the canopy which links central and outdoor areas at the 280,000 sq ft shopping centre.

A floral concept was transformed by RoboFold into a wind swirl of six types of robot folded stainless steal leafs, ceiling suspended at the shopping centre entrance.

  • Client | The Treaty Shopping Centre + Acryliciz, Commissioned by centre owner Quidnet Capital Partners
  • Location | London Hounslow
  • Architect | Robofold
  • Role | Collaboration with Simmonds Studio
  • Type | Art Installation
  • Duration | 2015

The 267 leafs complimented by lighting create a striking visual metaphor of the leafy greens surrounding this area.

‘Oki Naganode’ is an installation made from Naga Kombu, a type of Japanese seaweed. The installation is one of a range of objects made by Julia Lohmann during her current V&A residency entitled ‘The Department of Seaweed’.

‘Oki Naganode’ showcases the potential of seaweed as a future design material. In this installation the Kombu has been hand stretched over a cane frame and fused into position, thus showing the natural properties of the material teased out through the making process. The installation showcases the potential of seaweed as a versatile material for design and manufacture.

SNAPSHOT! A prototype exhibit of Ruins Studio as a moment in the life of the design process between the architect and the engineer.

“SNAPSHOT!” exhibition invited people to explore a moment in the life of a building in an immersive installation which was on show for week in Oct 2013 at the Filling station at Kings Cross London.

The project presents a full-scale prototype revealing a moment in the complex but exciting process of experimentation before architecture comes to life. This experimental design is part of a playfully curved interior in forthcoming residential project Ruins Studio, a house to be built in Scotland. Entering and delving into the installation the public will learn how architects, engineers and fabricators come together to make architectural imagination a reality, collaborating to decide on materials, finishes and structural logics as part of a design process.

  • Location | London, Kings Cross Filling Station
  • Engineers | Lily Jencks
    Nathanael Dorent
  • Duration | 2013
  • Type | Exhibition of Prototype
  • Role | Structural Engineer / Site Engineer

This artwork, created by the London-based team of Sophie Nielsen and Rolf Knudsen, is inspired by the theme of democracy. “What We Can’t Do Alone, We Can Achieve Together” features a flock of hundreds of birds, animated by computer-controlled lighting effects and suspended in City Hall’s six-story atrium, right beside the Council Chambers where decisions affecting the lives of Surrey residents are made on a regular basis. This artwork symbolizes the power of many when working collectively.

“This artwork is an outcome of an international call to artists issued by the city leading to portfolio submissions from 158 qualified artists”, said Coun. Judy Villeneuve, chair of the Public Art Advisory Committee.

In collaboration with Sophie and Rolf of studio Roso we found an organisation of birds that could fly undisturbed, linking fabrication techniques, mass production and structural design in a seismic area.

Seven different types of stainless steel birds were identified and connected with a single type of connection.

An emerging flock of birds, with 7 different stainless steel bird species.