Barkow Leibinger

Barkow Leibinger
Schillerstraße 94, D–10625 Berlin
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Installations 'Floral' and 'Light Structure'


Loops of undulating folds of thin model airplane plywood are gridded off in a framework to make an ornamental screen wall. The gridded loops mirror themselves four times generating a floral-like pattern that repeats itself like gothic tracery. The material depth as contained within the open door frame is expressed by the reflection of light when back-lit. This depth which varies slightly contributes to the three-dimentionality of the floral pattern.

The plywood (an off-the-shelf industrial material)  is extremely malleable and is woven through a CNC cut foam template which ensures a precise and repeated geometry. Similar to other research projects from Barkow Leibinger this architectural element combines digital and hand-make craftsmanship.

Light Structure

Is a concept for lighting elements. 50mm Plexiglas tubes are laser-cut forming topographical surfaces that are top-lit by LEDs causing the cut and polished edges to glow. The tubes, bundled into clusters of various sizes, accumulate in a cellular fashion to produce larger and more complex forms. When arranged together in a single space their organic surfaces constitute a Merz-bau-like re-mapping of the ceiling of the gallery. Lit from above the material is de-materialized and creates soft ephemeral forms. 

Project Information


Barkow Leibinger, Berlin Frank Barkow, Regine Leibinger


Project Architect

Blake Villwock (Floral)


Exhibition '2 0 1 4 B e r l i n 1 1 0 9'

Jochum Rodgers Gallery, Berlin

Sept. 12th - October 18th 2014



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