Zahner provides design consultation for China Biennial — SPIKY by SO-IL
The completed sculpture for SO-IL was unveiled at the China Biennial in Beijing.
Sixteen perforated conical forms adjust the landscape of the inspired architectural landscape of the 5th Chinese Architectural Biennial. Designed by Jing Liu of Solid Objective – Idenburg Liu, Zahner played a role in the design-engineering aspects of the project, which was completed for the 5th China International Architectural Biennial 2013.
The competition features nine other architectural teams, including SO-IL, Herzog & de Meuron, Zaha Hadid, Mohsen Mostafavi, Wang Shu, MODU, Zhu Bingren, and Oyler Wu.
Our team was part of a design and engineering charrette with Michael Stein of Schlaich Bergermann, and Jing Liu, Lee Ann Custer, and Ilias Papageorgiou of SO-IL. The installation ‘SPIKY’ is a series of canopy forms built from an expanded metal mesh. The design is a result of intensive local material research, a use of cutting techniques to perforate flat sheets, expanded by gravity, and suspended on steel poles.