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Bubblewrap


Bubblewrap

Queens, NY, 2019

A finalist in the Architectural League of New York and Socrates Sculpture Park’s 2019 Folly/Function competition to design and build an entry and information kiosk for the park.

Inspired by its eponymous material and the playful idea of children’s soap-bubbles in the park, and developed through a process of exploring the limits of plastic cladding, BubbleWrap takes the familiar form of a cube and distorts it by cladding it in thermo-formed, translucent acrylic “bubbles.” An 8’ x 8’ x 8’ cube is framed using a mix of weather-resistant MDO plywood and wood framing to create a structural frame, which is clad in custom-formed, translucent acrylic “bubbles,” similar to those commonly used in skylights.

View from park entry

View from park entry

Model, Exterior View

Model, Interior View

Molds for shaping plastic panels

Molds for shaping plastic panels

Thermo-forming process

Thermo-forming process

Finished panels

Finished panels