It combines moments of graceful suspension with bold muscular sweeps, balancing the improvised effect of a cloud of swirling forces lifting off the ground with a precise, geometrically-driven form. Its furniture elements are seamlessly integrated in the curvature of the surface as it twists and turns: swells provide areas for seating and stretches create spaces to recline, from which its different shaped voids frame views of the surrounding city. Its iridescent white finish sparkles in the Hong Kong sunlight, emphasising its ethereal qualities.
The project involved the resolution of complex curvilinear geometries and detailed ergonomic research: the design and realisation of Wirl were driven by leaps in three dimensional design capabilities, as well as by the studio’s inherent desire to test and engage with the very latest manufacturing techniques. As a result, the sculpture establishes a new dialogue between street furniture and public space.