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British architects head to Nevada desert for Burning Man festival

British architects have built a series of temporary installations at the annual Burning Man festival in Nevada, with inspirations as diverse as Islamic patterning, fractal geometry and the pyramids

Among the UK-based architects and designers taking part in this year’s festival, the annual arts and ‘radical self-expression’ event which sees pop-up structures erected in the Black Rock Desert, is a team from London’s Red Deer and StructureMode.

The residential practice has built a seven metre tall ‘acrylic’ pyramid, entitled Luz 2.0.

Luz 2.0 by Red Deer. Image: Red Deer

Luz 2.0 by Red Deer. Image: Red Deer

The structure, designed by Ciaran O’Brien, Lucas Tizard and Lionel Real de Azúa, at Red Deer and Geoff Morrow and Ed Hollis at StructureMode responds to human interaction, with different coloured lights projected through the structure and a soundscape of instrumental sounds when touched by viewers.

Josh Haywood has created Hayam Sun Temple, a plywood structure developed from a project during his degree programme.

The individual parts of the structure have been stencilled and cut according to Haywood’s research into Islamic geometry.

Hayam Sun Temple by Josh Haywood. Image: Josh Haywood.

Hayam Sun Temple by Josh Haywood. Image: Josh Haywood.

Also joining the international group of sculptor-revellers will be two Master of Architecture students from the University of Westminster.

Fractal Cult by Thanasios Korras comprises four interlocking timber pods built to fractal designs, with climbing nets dressing the outside of the structures.

Fractal Cult by Thanasios Korras.

Fractal Cult by Thanasios Korras.

Georgia Collard-Watson’s Shipwreck comprises a plywood structure resembling a grounded boat, referencing the loss of the nearby Quinn River which dries up during the summer months.

Shipwreck by Georgia Collard-Watson

Shipwreck by Georgia Collard-Watson

Burning Man, which takes its name from the effigy that is burnt during the festival, runs until 1 September.

 

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