Faulders Studio has designed a unique cloud canopy structure to shade the main entrance of Portland State University's science, research and teaching center. Dubbed 'Entrium Light Cloud'. the structure is designed as a collection of curving aluminum fins that filter daylight and help maintain a bright and open area below.
The cloud canopy structure's contours are blended with circular focal point geometry to create a pattern reminiscent of "vectorial weather flows, topographical contours, wave oscillations and amorphous cellular clusters," as described by California-=based architect Thom Faulders.
The sculpture aims to grab the attention of students, faculty and public visitors, sparking engagement while also creating a space that links the intellectual hive of activity inside the building with the outside world.
The canopy produces a subtle reflective glow when the skies are overcast and crisp shadow patterns on sunlit days. Photo Credits: designboom, faulders-studio
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