LIGHT SPACE

Also called Light Prop for an Electric Stage, this kinetic sculpture that László Moholy-Nagy designed and photographed was intended to create light displays for theater, dance, or other performance spaces. With its gleaming glass and metal surfaces of mobile perforated disks, a rotating glass spiral, and a sliding ball, the Light-Space Modulator created the effect of photograms in motion. As photographed here, the geometric complexity of the design and the shapes created by shadows and light convey the dynamic possibilities of both machine and camera.

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GEOMETRY

DVF architects, New York, employs simple materials (sustainably harvested wood) that blends into the landscape, and is shaped by the use of deceptively complex geometric forms.

DVF designed four courtyard buildings on the site, including the Administration building (below), as simple square shapes.  The simplicity of the plan is made dynamic and complex, however, by opening the courtyards to the public areas through a spiral circulation pattern, and placing complex roof forms above the courtyard entrances.The roofs and ceilings above the ‘entry porches’ to each of the courtyards are cut into complex biomorphic, triangulated geometries.  This triangulation speaks about the dynamic activity of walking into, and out from each private courtyard.