Folly/Function 2017: Circle Shade - 2πR4
Eva Jensen Design
Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York announce Eva Jensen Design as the winner of the annual Folly/Function competition with Circle Shade - 2πR4. Eva Jensen Design, in collaboration with Laufs Engineering Design, responded to the 2017 competition’s challenge to create four portable, deployable canopy structures for flexible use throughout the highly active environment of Socrates Sculpture Park. The result is a minimal and clean design that emphasizes simplicity, transparency, and versatility, inspired by a fundamental shape: the circle.
Circle Shade - 2πR4 consists of a unique combination of three main components – a circular canopy, tripod support poles attaching to cylindrical drum counterweights. The circular canopy is connected to the poles with custom-designed high strength structural 3D-printed joint nodes, designed and developed by Eva Jensen Design in collaboration with Laufs Engineering Design. The rigid canopy joint nodes are variably detailed and interlaced with the shade membrane to collectively pitch the canopy. 3D printing facilitates the affordable fabrication of the custom joint nodes.
Eva Jensen Design is an award-winning New York City-based architecture and design studio founded by principal Eva Christine Jensen, AIA, MAA. Eva Jensen Design's projects range from residential design and interiors to furniture design and art installations. The studio aspires to "create spaces that connect people to nature with a focus on light and cohesiveness striving for innovation and authentic design solutions."