Immuring, a new exhibition by Hong Kong-based architecture firm davidclovers, will be on view from June 4 through July 18, 2010, in the SCI-Arc Gallery at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Immuring invigorates the relationship between architectural graphic and architectural mass through the re-examination of fresco in a contemporary context. The touch-off point for this installation is the design of a 2,500 sq ft speculative home for Hometta, Inc. (Lunar House), which started in early 2008. This exhibition showcases the culmination of davidclovers’ two-year collaboration with Los Angeles-based artist C.E.B. Reas, DuPont China Ltd., Speed Top (Hong Kong) Limited, and E-Grow (Shanghai) on this project.
Six full-scale prototypes explore different ways in which texture, window openings, seams and illumination ride the delicate boundary between detachment and embedment. Using two innovative and unique cladding materials–Corian Exterior and Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC)—a dense network of algorithmically generated lines pushes the material to its limit, subtracting to the point of translucency or building up to the point of vault-like webbing. As an ensemble, all six prototypes are configured in the gallery to maximize spatial interplay and give one a sense of what it is like to live in, amongst and around this new form of frescoed Lunarscape.