TOPO by Leong Leong

TOPO by Leong Leong

TOPO by Leong Leong

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.