Poly combines architecture, exhibition design and product fabrication in an installation commissioned and presented by the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF). It is a collective pavilion; a group of hooded and moveable structures each proportioned to fit two seated people. The hoods are on wheels for easy rearrangement by both the gallery staff and visitors. Planned and unplanned events occur around various social and solo arrangements of Poly. The making of Poly was a process of digital prefabrication with the structures designed as a cutting file, milled from a stockpile of aluminium composite panels, shipped flat and folded together in the gallery by hand without the need for expensive tooling.

By Toby Breakspear, Tomek Archer, 2014. Photography by Brett Boardman, Kasia Werstak.

IDEA Awards 2014, Shortlist