Niehoff Project Short Description

This project is a cloud installation with our goal being to preserve the amount of light in the space while improving the acoustic qualities. A playful interaction between light and form drove us to want to design something that would react to the artificial light that would have an outcome that would aid in the acoustics in the studio while experimenting with a playful interaction between light and form. Taking direction from the light the farther away the form is from the lights the deeper the shape extends, much like a parabola. Due to its placement in between the strips of light, the cloud is symmetrical on its longitudinal axis. The material for the main structure is homasote, a structural fiberboard product. Homasote is known for its benefits concerning sound control. The material for the middle layer is chipboard. The chipboard can be scored to conform to the waffle structure and provides a large amount of surface area for the skin to be pinned to. The bottom layer is the fabric layer, projected as felt. Felt is wool that has been matted and condensed by pressing the fibers. While some types of felt are very soft, some are tough enough to form construction materials. We chose felt because it is a thick, natural fiber that is pliable yet easily controlled. The felt is offset from the chipboard slightly, so as to create another dimension to the pattern created.

Nick Hansman, Laura Soria, Luke Diewald, Rebecca Waters

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