This architectural folly entitled "La Cage aux Folles", installed in the courtyard gallery of Materials & Applications in Los Angeles, is made from bent steel pipes using digital fabrication. Warren Techentin Architecture (WTARCH) designed this complex cage-like object so it could be used for all kinds of curated performances and informal activities.
The installation was inspired by two concepts: the Mongolian yurt and cage-like structures. It resembles a yurt in its structural design, as it is comprised of small wooden rods arranged in circles that join together and make a stable shape and form a porous enclosure. Initially conceived as an exploration into pipe bending and computational design, the installation is part of the Materials and Applications Architecture and Landscape research exhibition.
Combining the idea of parametric surfaces and generative algorithms with linear elements resulted in an object that creates variable spatial conditions and provides different levels of opacity. The overall flowing form is segmented through the use of steel pipes, which transfer loads and provide structural stability. Surprising connections and layering turn the spaces inside out at certain positions, creating different opportunities for habitation and use.