Sight Unseen has commissioned New York architecture firm Leong Leong to design the centerpiece for its third annual Sight Unseen OFFSITE. Leong Leong’s site-specific immersive sound-bath installation TOPO draws inspiration from the design ideas behind the interior design thinking of the Ford Edge.
TOPO — from the Greek topos, or place — is composed of a field of over a thousand foam rollers whose collective form generates a landscape that is both an intimate sanctuary and an expansive horizon.
Like a desert terrain, perceptions of scale, distance, and space are distorted as the surface of the rollers is reflected infinitely into a room of mirrors. Near and far, foreground and background, are collapsed into a scale-less, immersive environment.
Designed in collaboration with ARUP, a real-time immersive sound bath will respond to the ambient sounds surrounding the installation. Acoustic actuators dispersed throughout the landscape of rollers transforms the continuous ground into a space with no perceptible boundaries.
The ambiguous form of TOPO is open-ended and limitless in how it can be experienced creating the possibility for both individual contemplation and collective interaction.