George King Architects have completed an installation for the 2015 Detroit Design Festival made from over three miles of glowing UV string.
Situated in an underpass along the Dequindre Cut, a former railroad which has been converted to a walking path and greenway, Lasermaze is suspended from an industrial structure of steel scaffolding and chains. The three miles of string was carefully threaded through the structure over the course of a week, secured with over 3000 hand tied knots.
George King Architects are very excited to announce that our submission to the Detroit Design Festival’s public design competition has been selected for the 2015 program. The competition called for large scale outdoor installations centered around the theme of play.
Our winning proposal, Lasermaze, is formed from three miles of wool carefully wrapped around a 6m x 6m scaffolding grid to form a maze. The wool is dyed with UV ink and at night the entire structure will be lit with UV lights which will give the walls of the maze and an ethereal, semi-transparent nature. Lasermaze was the only international installation selected from over 50 entries to the competition. If you would like to come play with us in our maze the Detroit Design Festival 2015 runs from September 22 – 26. For more details please visit detroitdesignfestival.com
George King Architects visited St Petersburg’s Yarky Hostel last week to check on the build of our latest project, The Camera House. The “freestanding hotel room” was promoted during the week long Yarkyfest celebrations. A press conference, lectures, tours and other events were attended by local media, overseas visitors and St Petersburg residents alike.
The Camera House takes the external shape of a bellows camera and uses the principles of a camera obscura to project an ever changing image of the outside onto the inside of the structure. Check back soon to see the completed Camera House on site at Yarky Hostel & Space.
We were very pleased to discover that our super spooky Zombie Bench, designed by George King in 2012 for the RIBA’s Pews and Perches competition has been named as the #2 Best Designed Bench in the World by design site Design Curial.
The bench is made from 70 pre-fabricated concrete arms cast from a real human arm. Follow the link below to have a look at the other contenders which include designs by Gaudi, Thomas Heatherwick and Mies Van Der Rohe.
This summer George King Architects will head to Russia to install our latest project, a freestanding residential unit called The Camera House. Built to celebrate the opening of the Yarky art hostel in St Petersburg, components for the temporary module are currently being pre-fabricated off-site and will be installed at the hostel week beginning July 5th.
The external form of The Camera House is inspired by the old bellows camera, while the inside will feature a camera obscura display. The Camera House was one of five winning designs chosen from an international competition organised by the hostel and Project Baltia Magazine.
GKA’s House of Mirrors featured as part of the 2015 Sculpture by the Sea exhibition on Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia. In the video below George King talks through the design and construction process.