Monday, 6 September 2010


Nature managed to trick UFO geeks into thinking there is alien life form using BMW saucers to cruise the airways, but can architects trick nature?

Lenticular clouds also known as 'wave clouds' are formations possible at very high altitudes, when the air is extremely moist and the winds are too perpendicular for words. Because natural sculptures like these are a sight for sore eyes, many artists have found inspiration in them and believers have seen galactic foreigners approaching mankind, so when does architecture come into the picture?

The Southern California Institute of Architecture Gallery (SCI-Arc) is currently holding an exhibition on the design by Los Angeles and Sendai-based architecture firm 'Atelier Hitoshi Abe' (AHA) of a new large-scale roof over the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) Plaza, designed by Isamu Noguchi. The roof-top revamp is to incorporate a view of the currently cut off surrounding townscape and to limit the plaza to climatical exposure ( yes, California is definitely known for its harsh and unpredictable climate) as it has constituted an obstacle for past activities hosted in its zen garden.
Nature, environment and design are thus once again brought together to recreate one of nature's most aesthetically pleasing phenomenons in an amazing ar(t)chitectural project. We wait with clapping hands to see Hitoshi Abe's realization in the future.

The exhibition runs until the 12th of September at the SCI-Arc Gallery.


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