When Barkow Leibinger Architects were commissioned to design an art installation for the 2012 Marrakech Biennale, they looked to local traditional crafts for inspiration. Inspired by the archaic yet inventive technique of weaving with a loom, the Berlin-based architects designed a striking geometric piece dubbed "Loom-Hyperbolic" that consists of 3-D volumes woven using only natural, local materials. Located next to the ruins of Mosque Koutoubia, the large-scale installation grows following the pattern of ancient broken columns that still remain on site.
“Loom-Hyperbolic” is a site-specific architectural installation that was designed by foreign architects but inspired by local craftsmanship. Created using algorithm-based software programs like Grasshopper and Rhino, the geometric installation is made from structural frames that form 2 dimensional surfaces into 3 dimensional volumes. The frames are made from locally sourced hand-peeled pine poles. Cotton yarn is stretched over these structures to create a gigantic loom composed of thousands of lines.
Held in place by steel plates and tubes fixed to the grown by heavy local stones, these transparent tent-like structures create a hypnotic visual effect as one walks amidst them. Barkow Leibinger’s striking installation will be on display until the 3rd of June at the ruins of the Koutoubia Mosque. If you are around, don’t miss out!