FAKT architecture office transformed an ancient courtyard in Montpellier, France, into a high-contrast site.
“What’s ﬂoating in there?” ask passersby who glance into a courtyard off the Rue des Trésoriers de la Bourse in Montpellier. The answer to this question is as simple as it is unique: Two aluminum plates, stacked one upon another, are riveted at various points and arch to form the image of a cloud made of metal. The “Festival des Architectures Vives”, lasting two weeks, lured artists and architects to Montpellier at the beginning of June. They presented their works throughout the city. Included here was the ﬂoating “Cloudscape” by FAKT, an oﬃce of architects in Berlin. The four young architects describe their artwork in this way: “We made a conscious decision in favor of aluminum. It is relatively light in weight and thus can easily be shipped. It permits the hovering feeling while the viewer discovers — through the spatial and structural curves — varying effects and reﬂections from every viewpoint.”
The expertise and the machinery needed to create this Cloudscape, 6.4 by 4.5 meters in size and almost 200 kilograms in weight, were provided by the Karl Dieringer Company. Christopher Kern, junior executive at Dieringer, worked with the young team of architects to find the appropriate solution. “To cut thousands of holes in this aluminum sheet, two millimeters thick, we used our TruLaser 3060. It encountered no problems with the task of cutting the holes, from six to 80 millimeters in size, in the workpieces with their mirrored foil.”
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An artwork of this type was also a premiere for the founders of the FAKT oﬃce: “Such experimental and elaborate projects can be successful only in specific constellations. In this case, Dieringer supported us in the manufacture and AMAG Austria Metall contributed the material.” www.fakt-office.com
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This article was first published in Winter 2015.