Wave/Cave imagined a possible future for one of architecture’s oldest material technologies.
Created for Interni’s MATERIAL IMMATERIAL exhibition at FuoriMilan in 2017, WAVE/CAVE was a 60 square meter topographic composition formed by 1,670 unglazed terra-cotta blocks. Stacked in three tiers, the interior faces of the blocks reveal a surprising ornamental richness as they describe a smoothly curved surface within the 3.6-meter high perimeter wall. Developed in collaboration with NBK Keramik, the unique extrusions feature regularly fluted exterior faces and a webbed cross-section that exposes its geometrical complexity when cut at various inclinations.
Working closely with our partners at NBK, we designed a block form that balances structural integrity and expressive possibility. Design and manufacturing were fully integrated, with digital instruction sets for the profile cuts auto-generated and exported directly to the production team. A concealed system of stainless steel plates was used to assemble the blocks in their final form. It was developed and installed by Metalsigma Tunesi, and engineered by Arup.