Since last November, a shiny undulating installation can be seen on Material & Application’s courtyard on Silver Lake Boulevard, Los Angeles. The center for architecture and landscape research shows “The Bloom”, a 14,000 pieces of thermobimetal installation designed by University of Southern California architect professor Doris Kim Sung, in collaboration with Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter and Matthew Melnyk.
Two metallic sheets, each with different expansion rates, are laminated together. According to the temperature, the metal sheets curl up or flatten out. The 6-meters tall experiment will have big implications in energy savings architecture, it is a chance to change the way we think.