Bloom, Tokyo

One of a series of elegant, spiralling sculptures designed by Shirazeh Houshiary and Pip Horne, Bloom explores the use of aluminium blocks to create a visually exciting focal point for the Roppongi district of Tokyo. Elliptical layers of extruded and anodised aluminium bricks spiral upwards to a height of 6.5 metres, requiring the structural integrity to withstand the extremes of Tokyo’s weather – including typhoons and earthquakes. The structure is glued together – avoiding the need to weld the bricks and risk damaging the anodised finish. A stainless steel internal structure pre-stresses the external aluminium blocks.

Completed 2007.

Lisson Gallery

Shirazeh Houshiary and Pip Horne

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