Materials and Space intervention

The space designated for the exhibition suggested an adaptation of the previously defined exhibition intentions. This reformulation would imply a site-specific approach to the space. In a first phase, it would be necessary to remove elements that could divert the viewer’s attention; and, in a second phase, to take advantage of the various architectural nuances to introduce elements that would edify the multi-sensorial experience. Examples of this are the elimination of existing doors, windows and recesses with the application of fake walls and the introduction of lights under the stairwell and in the window in front of the lift. In addition, other structures would be introduced in the space according to the directives defined for the art installation. Regarding this aspect, the platform in the main room would have to be supported by a wooden structure and euro pallets, as well as a support structure to hold the Ultraleap device.
Intervention in space. Removal of architectural elements. Fake walls (red), Orange lights in preliminary rooms (orange).
Intervention in space. Removal of architectural elements. Fake walls (red), Orange lights in preliminary rooms (orange).
Architectural plan of floor -1 of the City Museum, Covilhã with respective intervention in the exhibition space
Architectural plan of floor -1 of the City Museum, Covilhã with respective intervention in the exhibition space

Platform structure

Support structure for platform. Detail with integration of the support structure Ultraleap device and air-conditioning.
Support structure for platform. Detail with integration of the support structure Ultraleap device and air-conditioning.

Ultraleap Platform and Air Conditioning

Support structure for Ultraleap device and air conditioning.
Support structure for Ultraleap device and air conditioning.
Air flotation system and platform for Ultraleap power supply
Air flotation system and platform for Ultraleap power supply

Fabrics

The selection of fabrics was based on elasticity, weight and sound transmission. Thus, it was intended that both fabrics provide a dual function: (1) not impede sound propagation and (2) encourage haptic perception in its various modalities (texture, movement, pressure and temperature). Here are some important factors presented by the company Gerríets.

Roofing fabric - Sheer Muslin

Cut-out 3D ceiling. Specifications of Sheer Muslin roofing fabric.
Cut-out 3D ceiling. Specifications of Sheer Muslin roofing fabric.

Entrance porch fabric for the main hall - Megastrech 450

3D cut-out Threshold. Specifications of Megastrech 450 elastic fabric.
3D cut-out Threshold. Specifications of Megastrech 450 elastic fabric.