related stories


+ point clouds

+ obstruction

+ plan v section

+ seductive robustness

+ primitives

additional images


White Elephant (Privately Soft) (2011)

Exhibition Space: LoT Louisville, KY


The White Elephant is roughly 10'x10'x10'. It has three basic premises:

1. A building inside a building, somewhere between a super-furniture and a small house.

2. An object that tumbles to attain multiple orientations to blur the qualifications of plans and sections.

3. An object that is hard on the outside, soft on the inside.

Its exterior is clad with translucent polycarbonate, and the interior is stuffed cowhide. It tumbles and changes orientation and can flip to eight different stances.

What is a building that can tumble freely without gravity or fixed orientations, hard on the outside but soft on the inside, and obstructs the continuity of interior spaces like an elephant in a room? This installation is a freestanding micro building / macro furniture that questions projection, inside/outside, rigidity/fluidity and size/scale.

Design Leader: Jimenez Lai

Project Manager: Thomas Kelley

Fabrication: PR&vD, Andrew Akins

Team: Jimenez Lai, Thomas Kelley, Cyrus Penarroyo, Andrew Akins

Construction Assisted by: Mike Mead, John Stoughton, Anton Bakerjian

Photography: Magnus Lindqvist, Kyle D. Eberle and Kamil Krol

Many thanks to Drura Parrish, Rives Rash, and the continuing support of University of Kentucky and Land of Tomorrow




back