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The ‘Paper Cloud’ Installation By Studio 3A

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Studio 3A is a collaborative project between three architects: Kazuya Katagiri, Luis Lopez Resendez and Marco Budeus. Their ‘Paper Cloud’ installation presents an joint exploration of their cultures and practices.

‘Paper Cloud’ was presented at the Festival des Architectures Vives in Montpellier, as one of 12 public outdoor installations. The piece is comprised of 2000 laminated paper rings, and reflects elements of the cultural identities of each respective architect, namely Japan, Mexico and Germany. Katagiri, Resendez and Budeus constructed the piece by simply slotting the pieces of paper together–no glue or nails were used in the process. ‘Paper Cloud’ presents a play with ephemerality, contrasting with the weathered walls of the old French courtyard where it is located. This is also brought to attention through the use of colour in the installation–as the sunlight changes throughout the day, the bright white paper adopts a subtle reflection of varying colour hues.

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All images © Studio 3A (Kazuya Katagiri, Luis Lopez Resendez and Marco Budeus)