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ArtCenter Wind-Tunnel Exhibition
Winner - Silver
Designer: Prof. Nik Hafermas
Design Type: Spaces
Company / Organization / School: UeBersee Design
The Open House installation at Art Center’s South Campus was conceived by the design firm UeBERSEE. Drawing from rich experience of designing narrative spaces for large-scale cultural exhibitions and world expos, the UeBERSEE team took a radical approach to staging this show. The vast volume of the former aircraft-test wind tunnel with its footprint of 16,000 square feet and soaring height of 60 feet was transformed by gigantic vertical and horizontal fabric banners. Enhanced by directed illumination, the textile architecture provides a structure for the different chapters of the exhibition, and creates contrasts in scale between viewer, architectural models, and venue. Reflecting both the experimental nature of the architects’ visions and the open-ended the topic, the design adds vistas into the creative process.