Southern California Institute of Architecture

We were invited to make a site-specific installation as part of the ongoing exhibition series at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). Entitled, “Stentorian,” the installation explored the opportunity to bring together a set of interests in conditions of plasticity, presence and the ephemeral. A series of minimal geometric shapes, constructed of metal and elastics, occupied the gallery as a set of interrelated spatial figures that both informed and deformed the space. The installation mined delightful variation by changing the parameters within a simple structural system. Based on a set of varying compression and tension structures, Stentorian manifested a convergence of our interest in performance, optimization, structure and the ineffable, inexplicable human sense rendered by the fantastic act of architecture. As a series of undulating vessels, Stentorian suspended forms in space with the grace of a Flamenco dancer, achieving presence through plasticity.

Project credits:
Russell Thomsen, Eric Kahn, Ron Golan, Erik Blanchard, John Baker, Kate Feiertag, Stacie Thomas.
Photography by Josh White, IDEA.



About Russell Thomsen

A founding partner in the award winning Central Office of Architecture (COA, 1987-2008) and IDEA Office (2009-2014), Russell Thomsen formed RNThomsen Architecture in 2015. He has been a licensed architect since 1989. The office provides a full range of architectural services. In addition to directing the practice, Russell is also a senior design studio faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in downtown Los Angeles. The work of the office has been internationally recognized, exhibited and published. The office has received several awards including the Architectural League Prize and Emerging Voices, both from the Architectural League of New York, and the Best In American Architecture Award for the Saitama Residence.