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SHoP's WAVE/CAVE installation for milan design week comprises 1,670 terracotta blocks

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atmilandesignweek2017, SHoP architects has created ‘WAVE/CAVE’, a large sculptural enclosure made from 1,670 terracotta blocks. conceived as a counterpoint to reduced attention spans brought about by contemporary media and

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working in collaboration with german firm NBK keramik, SHoP custom-developed a system of unglazed, fluted terracotta blocks that form a high perimeter wall. the units have been stacked in three tiers, with interior faces carved to form a smoothly curved surface within. the installation’s intricate pattern is emphasized with a lighting scheme developed by PHT lighting design. the structural solution was conceived, produced, and installed by metalsigma tunesi, and engineered by arup.

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SHoP's WAVE/CAVE installation for milan design week comprises 1,670 terracotta blocks technology, the installation invites visitors to individually pause and reflect on the hectic speed of our world.


fluted terracotta blocks form a high perimeter wall

image by delfino sisto legnani and marco cappelletti

‘working with interni has been an incredible honor and a great experience for our studio to explore the

possibilities of design on a smaller, more intimate scale,’ explains SHoP principal, william sharples. ‘focusing on this idea of solidity and slow-time is a reaction to what has happened to a lot of

architecture over the past few years—WAVE/CAVE asks us to slow down and get back in touch with the weight and pace of architecture from other eras.’

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the sculptural enclosure is made from 1,670 individual blocks image © designboom

‘we’ve always been interested in working with traditional materials,’ adds christopher sharples, principal at SHoP.

‘today’s technologies allow us to draw out their material authenticity in new ways. the collaboration

between SHoP, NBK keramik, and metalsigma tunesi on WAVE/CAVE was an effort to demonstrate the

poetic possibilities of terracotta while suggesting new directions for its use in contemporary construction.’

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the installation invites visitors to individually reflect on the hectic speed of our world image © designboom

the project is on display at interni magazine’s ‘material immaterial’ exhibition, which forms part of fuorisalone 2017. the event brings together a series of experimental and interactive installations, highlighting the collaboration between internationally acclaimed designers and manufacturers. ‘WAVE/ CAVE’ remains on view until april 15, 2017.

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Wave cave by shop architects  

Made from terracotta blocks

Wave cave by shop architects  

Made from terracotta blocks