Paper sky was an installation artwork that was constructed for Urbis Design Day 2010 at the Poggenpohl Kitchens showrooms in Auckland, New Zealand. The project called for a transformative intervention into the space which allowed for an alternative viewing of the display kitchens, while providing an immersive experience for patrons of Urbis Design Day.The turbulent surface rolls overhead.
The showroom housed more than a dozen display kitchens which are beautifully designed in their own right. However, this made the large space feel compartmentalised. It was decided that a ceiling mounted intervention would allow us to string together spaces into a larger volume, while simultaneously hiding the generic commercial suspended ceiling that was existing.The Paper Sky dips down to just below visitors to change the volume of the spaces.
The design called for a lightweight, low cost, small module, flexible structure which could be secured to the existing suspended ceiling rails. Paper was chosen as the principal material with nylon being used for the tensile net sub structure and the mechanical fixings. Distribution of the structural load allowed the Paper Sky to be hung without any hard fixings.Piecing together the Paper Sky by hand
The Paper Sky became a continuous surface that connected all parts of the showroom.
Constructed from 20,000 hand folded paper modules and covering over 300m2, the form was generated by actively sculpting the triangulated surface as it was installed.
This allowed us to respond to context specific obstacles and to fine tune the overall shape.The curvature of the macro surface and the triangulation of the micro surface is highlighted by the use of coloured lights.
Spaces were differentiated by the use of coloured lighting and music. The atmosphere of the party was carried on through the choice of triangular canapés and the themed gift bags for guests. The event was a great success and the installation was chosen for the cover of Urbis magazine and for installation in the VIP room at New Zealand Fashion Week.