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GEOtube Tower

©François Lauginie

GEOtube Tower, 2009-2012

Thom Faulders
  • Architect (1975)
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Thom Faulders (b. 1975) started his career working for Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, the founder of the radical architecture firm Superstudio. In 1998 he set up his own Faulders Studio, where he has developed a phenomenological approach to architecture that ceases to be seen as an object and becomes a condition. Built projects, installations and theoretical proposals abstract themselves from any spatial or geometric preconception to become dynamic environments taken up in a process of constant evolution that is dictated by the relation between architecture and its observers and the wider context. Faulders therefore uses parametric modelling systems to integrate functional, structural, geometric, haptic and visual data within one and the same field. The resulting architecture becomes the space of renewed perception, as in the projects Flow-Zone (2012) and MOCA@LBC (2004), whose shape changes with the position of the observer and so seems ungraspable. The free-form structure BAMscape (2010-2012) enables the emergence of new practices in what appears as an abstract field of intensity. Faulders’ research goes hand in hand with experimentation of digital fabrication techniques and innovative materials: for instance, Mute Room (Rooms for Listening, CCA Wattis Institute, 2000) is an installation that draws on the properties of memory foam to generate a particular sound environment. For Faulders, material and geometric mastery and, more particularly, the creation of motifs, are means to control what resembles a structured environment. The metal façade he designed for the mixed-use building Airspace Tokyo (2007, with Studio M and Proces2) is patterned on a biomorphic motif that has been defined to provide each of the many programmes it houses with the relevant intimacy, perspectives and light. The two screens that make up this skin artificially recreate the atmospheric qualities that used to be generated by the plants that surrounded the plot. Thom Faulders teaches at the California College of the Arts. He is the recipient of the Emerging Architect Award from the Architectural League of New York and of the Experimental Design Award from SFMOMA.

Emmanuelle Chiappone-Piriou