Coiling down four storeys in a London courtyard, the dramatic 3013 Installation is made entirely of recycled wood. Designed and fabricated by students at the Architectural Association School, the airy sculptures are made from recycled exhibition panels. The students designed the giant installation as part of the school’s summer program.
Led by artist Lawrence Lek, designer Onur Ozkaya and architect Jesse Randzio, the students conceived of the design, and constructed the oversized leaf-like pieces, which hang from their fourth floor roof, themselves. The three twisting sculptures contort their way down the Architectural Association building in Bedford Square.
With a restriction lifted on building skyscrapers, the project focuses on London’s inevitable growth, which the students feel will lead inward and skyward. The project also hypothesizes that new structures will built of old, using one another for structural support. The students’ notion of the future also relies heavily upon recycling materials, so the structures were built from leftover plywood cuts from salvaged exhibition panels.
The installation cascades down the four floors like a leaf fluttering in the wind, leaving a wooden trail. The strips also create temporary shelters and roofs that could guard from rain or snow. On the floor of the courtyard, the spiraling structure provides a gathering point, a semi-private area in a public place for sitting, eating lunch, or reading a book.