Daedalum, Architects of Air

Situated by the Royal Albert Dock from the 21st to the 23rd of June, Architects of Air presented one of their vibrant labyrinth-like structures — Daedalum — an immersive architectural experience of sound, colour and light. Exhibited as part of the part of the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, Daedalum is inspired from geometrical patterns and sculptural forms found in nature. 

Since 1992, Architects of Air have been designing towering walk-in sculptures that have been exhibited across 40 countries. Founded by designer Alan Parkinson, the team have built several architectural structures, and each piece has its own unique maze of winding paths and egg-like domes fashioned from thin PVC-based plastic.

Daedalum is named after the Greek mythological story of Daedalus, the architect of the Labyrinth of Minos, built to imprison the Minotaur. Daedalum’s spatial configuration is designed to create mysterious meandering paths and tunnels resembling the mythological Labyrinth. 

When exploring the installation, visitors are invited to remove their shoes before entering the structure through an airlock. Once inside, they are free to move around the space as they wish; exploring the 19 egg-like domes within the immersive space. As daylight radiates  through the thin material, it illuminates the coloured parts of the architecture; and projects onto people’s skin and clothing as they are saturated in the every-changing array of hues. 

To view more about Daedalum visit Architects of Air’s website.

All image credits: Stephen Wright

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