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The dynamic pulse of Wanderwall re-imagines an exterior parkade wall in the uptown core of Charlotte. Evocative of swirling activity—ecological, social, and economic—the folded metal facade describes elements of flows and networks, with a labyrinthine porosity that allows light through to the garage interior. Eight stories of vibrant aluminum panels announce the building as a beacon on the Uptown skyline and produce several scales of experience that extend far beyond the building itself.
2018 was an eventful year for the studio. To thank you for keeping in touch with us as we undertake new and more exciting prospects, here are a few glimpses from our year and a hopeful look at the one ahead.
Where the Riverfront Park recreational space extends onto the waterway, Form of Wander is situated to host new outdoor activities and new memories of the Tampa’s active waterfront. As an inverted mangrove, the green-hued aluminum canopy announces itself among palms as a signal on the Hillsborough River. The tree-like structure appears to float between water and land.
Where can architecture take you? We believe that an inert structure can be transporting: architecture can feed the desire to discover, it can alter your perception, upend your expectations, and open you to the existence of other realities. Boolean Operator takes us to another world, on a hazy urban plaza in Suzhou, China.
A parasol planted in the sand, a tropical fish on land, a tent at the foot of the Franklin Mountains: this exuberant surface signals poolside play and enlivens a historic architecture of entry.
For five months, our prototypical architectural environment nonLin/Lin is out of storage and on display for the first time to the public in Bruges as part of the city's second art and architecture triennial
Our home base is in Dumbo, but MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY has been around and we're reaching further outward. Where will we go next? Zoom in to find out.
On the road to Riverwood, a peak among pines announces the sprawling park, a scenery of natural splendor, but unreal experiences.
Pine Sanctuary is a placemaker for Riverwood Conservancy in Mississauga. It signals the entrance to the park and provides a unique spatial experience for visitors to wander through and enjoy.
As we wrap up a busy 2017, we want to thank all those who bring our work to life.
In lieu of the typical year-in-review, we're celebrating of all our friends on social media and in the cities where our projects are sited. The greatest reward for completing public work is seeing it take shape within the public sphere. As these projects become embedded in the social and cultural fabric of their respective cities, it's exciting to see them assume new forms through many different engagements, occupations, and actions. Here are some snapshots of work we completed in the last year and past work that continues to make new memories.
MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY Dramatizes lightness in pleated curvature.
When THEVERYMANY debut a new project in its final form, you can be sure that it has assumed many more guises over the course of its development. HYPARBOLE is no exception: it is the elegant outcome of focused research, countless models, and sometimes multiple prototypes. Our winning 2013 competition entry for this contemporary public art project at the Rhode Island College Fine Arts Center updates 20th-century structural experimentation within the contemporary paradigm of computational production. Here, we take Candela's 4-12 centimeters of concrete to just 3 millimeters of aluminum.
Tallest-ever construction from material as thing as a coin challenges how we understand structure and space.
Minima | Maxima, the latest Structural Stripes 'Crawling Assembly' from MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY, provides a moment of contemplation amid the busy grounds of World Expo 2017.
Client Brief: Design a stage within Merriweather Park.
Our Response: Be more than a stage.
95% of the time, the new Chrysalis Amphitheater in Merriweather Park of Columbia, Maryland is not programmed. Rather than waiting for official events, architecture studio MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY maximized the potential of the project brief with a design that provides an experience around the clock.
The latest permanent structure from MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY further develops the studio's invention of "topological-mesh-walking" as a "structural stripe" based material system.
How could Under Magnitude be described to someone who cannot see it? It curves, branches, splits, joins, re-splits. It is a limit, but not a limit. It has edges yet is edgeless. If a person is challenged to come up with new ways to describe a space, did they first have to come up with new ways to apprehend the space?
Advancing MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY signature approach of computationally-designed skinning systems, The Chrysalis is one of the studio's current milestones into challenging larger architectural scales.
Nestled within Symphony Woods of Merriweather Park in Columbia, Maryland, The Chrysalis, our pleated amphitheater, follows in the studio's signature footsteps of designing custom aluminum shingles to describe high degrees of double curvature.
120-ft tall fluorescent pink aluminum skin-in-tension expresses dynamic flows of the "nevralgique" spine of the world's largest cruise ship.
The world's largest cruise ship set sail this summer, and MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY was on it. Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas is three times the size of the Titanic, temporary home to 5,400 people at a time, and site for our most recent permanent installation: Tour de Force(s).
Welcome to MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY's first 'editorial' newsletter, an attempt to reflect on one of the agendas of the studio: #coloration.
Computation and procedural protocols of tessellation have opened up a new paradigm for color. "Coloration," as we define it here at MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY, is the procedural art of applying multiple colors across sets of parts.
1,009 aluminum shingles fastened together by 19,429 rivets form Spineway: a permanent public artwork in San Antonio, Texas.
An infrastructural project designed and built to fit the scale of neighborhood play, Spineway is consistent with the studio's approach of exploring structural potential while catalyzing public places through dynamic and unique spatial experiences.
At any given moment, the studio has a series of projects, each engaging a different phase of the design/construction process. Here's a quick snapshot of projects happening right now.
At MaHouse, the extra length of a step, the degree of each tilt, the obliques in plan and elevation, their corner indentations act as small anomalies to introduce the experiential to one’s daily environment.
A set of stairs engaged as a slide is an example of how the informal follows function.
Pleated Inflation, a permanent informal amphitheater recently completed in Argeles-sur-Mer, France, advances the unique body of research developed by MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY into 'Structural Shingles.'
Designed through a process of inflation, the hyper-thin shell unifies structure, skin, ornamentation and spatial experience into a single system.
MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY is driven by failure!
Competition proposals serve as opportunities to develop and advance the studio's research. Each project represents an exhaustive set of trials, errors and reboots. We're pleased to share several examples from the last 18 months, focusing on our 'Structural Shingle' and 'Striped Morphology' research strategies.
MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY is pleased to share with you two events this upcoming weekend: an opening celebration for our latest completed project, a permanent structure in Argeles, France, and the groundbreaking ceremony for an amphitheater in Columbia, Maryland.