Suspended in tension between 3 buildings in the Nolita neighborhood in New York City, XtraMoenia floats over the pedestrian pathway. The form was derived from two distinct oculi, one pointing up to the historic Puck building, the other hanging down defining the pedestrian gathering space. The articulation of the panels act as a defined net with an overlay of fluttering colored panels casting filtered light onto the public zone.

The installation is made of 4224 laser cut panels, each with a unique shape and overlaid with an articulated color photo gel. To create a larger spectrum of color, the color overlay overlapped to neighboring panels' midpoints. Along with a team at SOFTlab and engineering support from Arup, we designed the form through analysis of site and material. I developed a custom software to generate panel details and assembly logic. 

Role: Designer, Computation, Installation
Completed: 2011
Location: New York, NY
Size: 3,000 sq ft 

Materials: Mylar, Photo Gels, Grommets

Design Team: Michael Szivos, Carrie McKnelly, Elliot White, Troy Zezula, Sean Madigan

Photos by Alan Tansey