Square Root of Negative One

facade pattern

Posted in architecture by cheng on January 21, 2010


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Image courtesy Min | Day
Min | Day
pReflecting Wall
Lincoln, Nebraska
In collaboration with artists Leslie Iwai and Jamie Burmeister, Min | Day designed the surface treatment for a 1,000-foot-long and 18-foot-high retaining wall that runs along a flood-control plain between a park and the University of Nebraska. The team developed a system of stainless-steel tiles that will reflect changes in the sky, floodwater levels, and activity in the park. Inspired by the work of mathematician Roger Penrose, Min | Day devised a system that uses tiles of only two shapes to create a pattern that has a five-fold rotational symmetry but never repeats.

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