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Brief Published: 16 Nov 2011

Architectural Bloom


Raising new questions regarding the possibilities of responsive architecture, Bloom is a thermo-bimetallic ‘flower’ structure, which changes shape throughout the day depending on the heat of the sun.

The impressive installation is constructed from more than 14,000 bespoke laser-cut components, whose ‘petals’ react to solar heat, creating movement without the need for an in-built power source or mechanical parts. Situated in the courtyard of the Materials & Applications architecture and research centre in Los Angeles, the installation will also offer a shaded area for visitors and employees.

Designed by a group of international architects – Doris Sung (LA), Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter (LA) and Matthew Melnyk (London) – the installation will be in-situ for closer inspection over the next five months.


Doris Sung

Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter

Matthew Melnyk