Two Lines




Landmark Project

Size + Matter worked with David Chipperfield Architects and Arup to create a composition using Sefar Architecture Vision fabric; a metal-coloured fabric mesh, layered between panels designed to create both reflective and translucent qualities.

Size + Matter was one of London Design Festival's cornerstones, pairing a leading designer or architect with a material or manufacturing process. We asked them to explore the dynamic between their own creativity and the material or process. As a result, since 2007, three million people have experienced this series of remarkable explorations - by David Adjaye, Shigeru Ban, Paul Cocksedge, Zaha Hadid, Amanda Levete and Marc Newson - at the Southbank Centre.

In 2011 they were joined by one of the UK's most important architecture practices, David Chipperfield Architects, who teamed up with structural engineers and glass specialists from Arup to create a composition using Sefar Architecture Vision fabric. The metal-coated fabric mesh, black on one side and metallic on the other, was layered between two sheets of glass and gave the installation's panels both translucent and reflective qualities.

David Chipperfield Architects created a sculptural dialogue between two identical forms, different only in their orientation and aluminium and copper finishes. Each form consisted of a series of unframed laminated glass panels with corresponding coloured stainless steel connections. Two Lines oscillated between a sculptural relationship of two orthogonal forms and a regular series of simple vertical elements. The interlayer of 50% mesh gave a stronger materiality to the glass, appearing at times monolithic and dynamically translucent, changing over the course of a day. As a result, the installation created a variety of different experiences as visitors move within and around it.

The Two Lines installation took place during a high-profile year for David Chipperfield Architects, which saw the completion of two highly lauded UK art galleries, Turner Contemporary in Margate and The Hepworth Wakefield. The 2007 Stirling Prize winner has also been awarded the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture/Mies van der Rohe Award 2011and the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 2011.

Two Lines was a Size+Matter commission for London Design Festival
Size+Matter was supported by the Southbank Centre
Two Lines by David Chipperfield Artichtects was supported by: Sefar Arup Bellapart, BGT, Dupont SentryGlas, Glas Trösch , John Morgan studio, Keltbray, Pohl, Zumtobel

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