Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Interior Spaces into Otherwordly Environments by Penique Productions | via

Barcelona-based Penique Productions is an artist collective founded in 2007 that creates transformative installations in public spaces. To do this the group utilizes massive plastic balloons that are inflated inside buildings and other interior areas. Coupled with exterior lighting that illuminates the colored plastic, the results can be beautifully dramatic, making the new environment almost unrecognizable from the actual space.

You can see many more views of several installations on their website, and almost all of them are accompanied by videos that document the process. Penrique has upcoming projects next month at both the UB University in Barcelona, and at Galeria N2.

art-of-city:

‪‎SAproject‬ // May - September by URBANA

Eskenazi Hospital, Indianapolis, IN - Completed 2014
     
This project began with an interest in challenging the typical notion of the parking structure as an unappreciated infrastructural typology by transforming the new Eskenazi Hospital parking structure into an interactive, synthetic terrain. A field of 7,000 angled metal panels in conjunction with an articulated east/west color strategy creates a dynamic façade system that offers observers a unique visual experience depending on their vantage point and the pace at which they are moving through the site. In this way, pedestrians and slow moving vehicles within close proximity to the hospital will experience a noticeable, dappled shift in color and transparency as they move across the hospital grounds, while motorists driving along W. Michigan Street will experience a faster, gradient color shift which changes depending on their direction of travel.

Bricktopia: Contemporary Crafts in EME3 Festival, Barcelona

“Bricktopia”, by the architects of the international collective Map13, is the winning project in the “Build-it” Eme3 International Architecture Festival, held on June 27-30 in Barcelona. The pavilion can be visited throughout the summer at the square of the former spinning mill Fabra i Coats in the Sant Andreu district.

This pavilion draws on the prototype built by Philippe Block, Matthias Rippman and Lara Davis at the ETH Zurich, with which they demonstrated the reliability of RhinoVault, a plug-in for Rhinoceros, used for the design of the constructed dome.

As this is an experimental project which makes this traditional system work at its limit, its implementation has required expanding the team, joined by Paula Lopez Barba and Josep Brazo Ramirez, and much effort from Eme3 festival that promotes and is defined by the support given to young people to carry out their project, the companies who contributed material and labor and the workers, volunteers and architecture students who built it.

Photography: Manuel de Lozar + Paula López Barba