An interesting new material process was shown at Milan Triennale 2012. British designer Ross Lovegrove has created the Liquidkristal architectural glass walls for Lasvit.
Ross Lovegrove has designed a pavilion comprising three main sections, each with a diameter of 5.5 metres. The pavilion is 14 metres in length and has a total surface area of 80sqm, made with 24 self-standing crystal panels. Above the panels is a tensioned roof which acts as a giant screen, projecting contemporary digital art created by Biothing, a cross-disiplinary laboratory that focuses on the generative potential of computational systems for design.
To accompany the installation is a book & film entitled Through Liquidkristal by London-based studio Farrow.
The project has been accomplished thanks to an innovative process which the designer defines as 'High Precision Thermal Transfer Forming'.
Lasvit Liquidkristal started from a year-long collaboration between Lovegrove & Lasvit with the aim of creating a mobile, changing surface inspired by nature's fluidity.
Lovegrove challenged the company's most advanced technology for the production of transparent & undulating crystal panels, dynamic, changing, capable of transforming shapes in a futuristic kaleidoscope.
The are several uses of this new surface: from the creation of pavilions for internal or external environments, for example divisions in public spaces or boutiques, to the fulfilment of partition walls or large, spectacular full length windows capable of transforming a building’s architecture.
'There is a magic in glass in the way light and transparency are captured in the fusing process, one moment liquid, the next solid. This is something that can be harnessed and predicted in the meeting of design, physics and technology.'
Now for the techy info:
Via fluid dynamics, Lovegrove Studio and Lasvit digitally explored large-scale distribution and densification of patterns found in nature. Working with mathematical models, the behavior of glass was simulated under controlled thermo induction. This produced a highly informed line code, which serves as the blueprint for the production process, where highly precise temperature control imbues the glass surface with the beauty of optical effects seen in water. Working with Lovegrove, Lasvit’s research facilities, led by Tomá Kamenec, developed a special flexible mold system to capture this effect. The finished product is highly customisable, allowing large-scale pattern aggregations over multiple sheets.