“Minima | Maxima” is a site specific installation made of ultra-thin powdered aluminum in Astana, Kazakhstan. Presented during the world expo 2017, it was created by the studio MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY to transports visitors into a strange, science fiction world where users can engage with the dynamic structure.
The project extends MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY’s research and development into achieving structural integrity through ‘ultra-thin, self-supporting structures’. These whimsical yet durable curves eliminate the need for columns and beams. The surface is ultra-thin: 6 millimeter aluminum. ‘If an egg were scaled up to the same height as the project, it would be much thicker’, says the design team.
The project was commissioned for world expo 2017, an event which showcases architectural and engineering innovations. The structure will remain a permanent installation that incites curiosity and engagement on the site. Past constructions of MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY have been affectionately dubbed ‘Crawling Assemblies’ for their computational process as well as their likeness to multi-legged critters and curious organic forms.
Photography by Studio NAARO