SOM Structural Engineering Partner William F. Baker, Director Dave Horos, and structural engineers Daniel Koroski and Toby Mitchell share insight on the Kinematic Sculpture, a double-curved kinematic structure made of hinged and stiffened wood panels. Also referred to as the Pavilion, the structure has a form that is inspired by the mathematical relationships between force and motion: it can be expanded or contracted into a version of the original geometry with minimal effort.
The sculpture was designed, tested, and manufactured by SOM engineers and architects in our Chicago office, reflecting SOM’s interdisciplinary approach to projects. Originally created for “Poetic Structure: Art + Engineering + Architecture,” a special exhibition at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles in the summer of 2018, the Pavilion was brought to Mexico City in March, 2019, for “SOM: Arte + Ingeniería + Arquitectura.”
Video courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP