Reciprocal Shades is up! University of Michigan doctoral student Omid Oliyan Torghabehi installed the wood structure in June at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Rooted in Chinese Song dynasty (960-1276) wooden bridge building, this concept was introduced to the west through the sketches of Leonardo Da Vinci and the works of Italian Renaissance architect Sebatiano Serlio in the fifteenth century.
Omid’s research studies the potential of adapting reciprocal frames to create new lightweight material configurations as multi-performance architectural systems. “I’m excited to see Reciprocal Shades finished and installed at Matthaei,” says Omid. “It’s the culmination of some of my research into adapting reciprocal frames to multiple applications. The project benefits from ample space to achieve its physical impact, and I think it fits in really well at the botanical gardens as both a research project and public art installation.” Reciprocal Shades will be up for at least 6 months.