Chartered Institute of Building Magazine of the Chartered Institute of Building
CM NEWSLETTER
  • 20 Apr 2017
  • 0 comments

US National Building Museum to contain 'hive' of paper

This year’s summer installation at the US National Building Museum is called Hive and is built entirely of 2,700 wound paper tubes.

Designed by Jeanne Gang’s Studio Gang, the installation is 18m tall, with tubes that vary in height from several inches to 3m. They interlock to create three domed chambers.

The tubes feature a reflective silver exterior and magenta interior, in contrast with the museum’s nineteenth-century interior and Corinthian columns.

Studio Gang says Hive’s form recalls other structures such as Saarinen’s Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Brunelleschi’s Dome at the Florence Cathedral in Italy, vernacular Musgum mud huts in Cameroon and the curvature of a spider’s web.

The main chamber is topped by a dome that filters the natural light at the top of the great hall to create light and shadow patterns. 

Within the hall, visitors are invited to explore how the project can modify and reflect sound, with a schedule of Hive-related concerts, performances, and talks planned.

Studio Gang has recently designed two projects in New York, a tower “sculpted by the angles of the sun” and an expansion of the Natural History Museum.

Images courtesy of Studio Gang

Leave a comment

News

25 April 2017 The solution: Morgan Sindall goes round the bend in Slough

25 April 2017 In pictures: Crossrail's striking station ceilings

25 April 2017 Emoji are a sign of the times on Dutch building

25 April 2017 O'Rourke appoints first independent chairman

25 April 2017 Multiplex on hiring spree after bumper 2016

25 April 2017 Contractor fined for Francis Crick Institute fatality

25 April 2017 New housing group to build 1,200 homes a year

25 April 2017 HSE consults on independent FFI dispute process

24 April 2017 New CIOB MD seeks to strengthen links with grass roots

24 April 2017 Schools paying thousands for work under PFI deal

24 April 2017 Skanska races to develop concrete robots

24 April 2017 Pair fined £66k each for roof safety breaches

24 April 2017 SNC-Lavalin agrees £2bn Atkins takeover

20 April 2017 Pay strike threatens Hinkley point construction

20 April 2017 CITB to launch offsite training courses

20 April 2017 Jones joins Bovis southern division as md

20 April 2017 Arcadis names Oosterveer as new chief exec

20 April 2017 US National Building Museum to contain 'hive' of paper

18 April 2017 Growth is faster than expected post-Brexit

18 April 2017 Construction defects found in 71 more schools across Scotland