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Beauty without Mystery

by Catherine Wagley
It’s a beautiful thing, the Voussoir Cloud that architects Lisa Iwamoto and Craig Scott designed. Beautiful, in this particular case, has multiple meanings. It means that the Cloud feigns effortlessness, that it merges delicacy with a paradoxical portliness, and that the transparency of its structure makes it feel pleasantly accessible.The vaults that make up the Voussoir Cloud—stoutly ephemeral canopies of paper-thin wood laminate petals—rely on each other and three gallery walls for their support. Move one petal and the whole Cloud may be in jeopardy. “The curvature of each petal—it’s dished... [more]
Posted by Catherine Wagley on 8/24/08