Aalto University Digital Design Laboratory, }ADD{

Installation detail.

In a time where anything can be precisely reproduced digitally, Erratic charts architectural opportunities that arise in the glitch between geometrical information and architectural object. The installation, situated in ADD CAFE’s double height space, takes its cues from the intimidating massing of an erratic block, commonly found all over the Nordic region. Its irregular, meandering surface is designed as an analog battle of forces between a thick, semi-rigid surface and a rigid, inner armature.

Simultaneously strange and familiar, the installation investigates boundaries of abstraction, materiality and geometry in contemporary architectural design. It promiscuously intermingles rapid prototyping with “real” materials and life-size analog models with simulation executed in animation software.

The installation is situated at ADD's premises in Otaniemi from September 19th to October 17, 2013. An opening reception with drinks will take place at ADD on Thursday, September 19th at 5pm.

Installation view.

Panel discussion – Erratic Design

September 19, 2013 at 7pm
3D Lab, Helsinki Design Week, Old Customs Warehouse

Hosted by ADD

Following the opening of Norell/Rodhe’s exhibition Erratic at ADD, an open-ended panel discussion will chart fresh approaches that emerge after the surge of computerized design. Featuring eccentric leaps between established opposites such as digital and analog as well as abstract and material, it will interrogate the pasts and futures of design media in architecture.

A screening of models, drawings, animations and installation photographs from Erratic will take place at the 3D Lab immediately following the discussion.

Daniel Norell & Einar Rodhe, Norell/Rodhe (SE)
Antti Ahlava, Head of Department, Department of Architecture, Aalto University (FI)
Tim Anstey, AHO (NO)
Kivi Sotamaa, Director, ADD (FI)

Erratic simulation.

Norell/Rodhe is a young, Stockholm-based architecture studio founded by Daniel Norell and Einar Rodhe. Norell is a senior lecturer in architecture at Chalmers University in Gothenburg and a research fellow at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He studied architecture at UCLA in Los Angeles and at the KTH, and has previously worked for Greg Lynn, Zaha Hadid and Servo. Rodhe is a lecturer in architecture at the KTH in Stockholm, where he studied. He also studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and has previously worked for Anders Wilhelmson, Ghilardi+Hellsten and Servo.

Norell/Rodhe – Daniel Norell and Einar Rodhe

Hseng Tai Lintner, Stefan Svedberg and Axel Wolgers

Kivi Sotamaa, Director

The “Architecture in the Making” research environment, Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Architecture, Gothenburg
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Architecture, Stockholm