2017 Best of Design Awards for Digital Fabrication

Bio Structures

2017 Best of Design Awards for Digital Fabrication

2017 Best of Design Award winner: Under Magnitude, Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY (THEVERYMANY)

2017 Best of Design Award for Digital Fabrication: Under Magnitude

Designer: Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY
Location: Orlando, Florida

Depending on the perspective of its visitors, the whimsical Under Magnitude calls upon different references from the known world; but any of its likenesses is pushed beyond its familiar scale. The two-story installation suspended in the atrium of Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center borrows and mismatches elements from biology, achieving a familiar yet mysterious quality—at once friendly and alien. The piece is in fact the sum of many constituent parts: A network of bulbous and bone-like branches comes together in a Y-shaped plan and reaches upward to form a shape reminiscent of a vault or a suction cup. The intricate, continuous surfaces of the 1-millimeter aluminum stripes are also structural. Knit into a unified system of columns and beams, a three-dimensional subspace comes together as a “shell from shells.”

“The networked organic structure is fascinating in that it exemplifies the beauty and strength of non-linear design. It’s incredible that the aluminum panels interlock to become a massive suspended shell-structure. Fascinating exploration of the possibility of biophillic design.” —Emily Bauer, Landscape Architect, Bjarke Ingels Group (juror)

Commissioned by:
Orange County Convention Center


Honorable Mention

Project: Flotsam & Jetsam
Architect: SHoP Architects
Location: Miami

Flotsam & Jetsam, SHoP Architects (Robin Hill)

Flotsam & Jetsam, the gateway to Design Miami 2016’s fair, found a permanent, public home in Miami’s Design District. The pavilions were 3-D printed in less than eight weeks by two project partners. The first used a proprietary method called Cellular Fabrication to print large-scale panels. The second harnessed polymer and bio-derived composites to print components—breaking new manufacturing ground.


Honorable Mention 

Project: As We Are
Designer: Matthew Mohr Studios
Location: Columbus, Ohio

As We Are, Matthew Moher Studios (Matthew Moher Studios)

As We Are addresses the relationship between self and representation of self. The 14-foot human head, made from ribbons of ultra-bright LED screens, includes a photo booth capable of taking 3-D pictures. Once a visitor has his or her picture taken, that person’s head is displayed on the visage.