Sahya takes the form of an organic geometrical form that mediates between the motion of air and light. The wave like form is designed as a wall and roof system that modules to control sunlight and views, while the curved elements direct wind into the interior space of the gallery. It is designed as a prototype to respond to environmental conditions in hot climates.
Orproject is interested in the feasible and economic construction of complex and double-curved geometries. The prohibitive cost of moulds often renders the use of double curved elements unsustainable for projects, which need to remain commercially viable. With Sahya, Orproject explored the possibilities and variations that can be achieved by utilizing a single mould.
Sahya consists of 200 panels, all double curved and formed from the same mould, out of which more than 50% of the panels are identical. The remaining panels are smaller segments, which have been cut from the full panels. By arranging these in several parallel layers, the system allows for a large amount of variation in the resulting overlay as an aluminum facade system. The possibilities to create varying openings and shadow patterns can be used to generate a perforated lattice screen.
Sahya is an advanced form in three-dimension of Orproject's previous installation Anisotropia, which was built for the National Museum of China. In their three-dimensional implementation though, the panels now also start to form a load-bearing structural system, which enables freestanding applications without additional support systems.
Orproject is working on a pavilion for hot climate with structural as well as shading properties; for this Sahya has been constructed as the initial prototype. The pavilion will protect from the sun and provide a comfortable outdoor environment. The variations in the wall translucencies are used to control the views and to generate continuously evolving shadow patterns, while the curved elements evoke associations of waves and cooling water.
Sahya has been constructed for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 and is on display at Palazzo Mora, Strada Nova, from 28 May-27 November 2016.