Nous Engineering

League of Shadows

Los Angeles, California

League of Shadows was a temporary pavilion intended as a backdrop to the graduation ceremony at The Southern California Institute of Architecture. The vertical presence of the project is not only meant to counterpoint to the schools long horizontal configuration (once a train maintenance facility), but was also informed by lighting studies to produce shade from the sun during the late afternoon.

The light-weight steel dia-grid frame of the cantilevered structure can be deconstructed into three individual primitives. Each leans against the other to create a rocking mechanism designed to absorb lateral wind loading which results in minimal foundation requirements. The delicate steel doubles as a sub-frame for tensioned fabric skin to attach to.

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  CLIENT |  Southern California Institute of Architecture   LOCATION |  Los Angeles, California   ARCHITECT |  PATTERNS   STAFF LEAD |  Matthew Melnyk, SE   COMPLETED |  2013

CLIENT | Southern California Institute of Architecture

LOCATION | Los Angeles, California

ARCHITECT | PATTERNS

STAFF LEAD | Matthew Melnyk, SE

COMPLETED | 2013

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“The intent of the project is to assert certain ambiguity in its formal reading. It has a simple outline from far away but a more complex, radiating surface texture at close range.” – Marcelo Spina

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