Students and faculty of Hawai`i Manoa’s School of Architecture designed and built a beautiful, tepee-shaped installation that can be a sculpture, small temporary shelter or a lamp shade. Lamphouse is made up of wooden sticks that shoot out like light beams to shape the space underneath through manipulation, emphasizing the transition from daytime to nighttime.
Professor Hongtao Zhou and his students teamed up to build this art installation as a surreal spatial experience. They organized an architecture residency to promote the art of architectural installations in Honolulu. The design, inspired by the light effects of road lamps, invites audiences to move the wooden sticks as movable passages for them to enter into, reconfigure, and interact with.
The Lamphouse installation is designed to provoke thought regarding the possibilities of space and how people experience it and will continue to be exhibited in other cities as both public art and temporary camping spaces.
Photos by Hongtao Zhou