Atmospheric Wood


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Atmospheric Wood is a research project based on a historic contact printing technique, commonly called blueprint. Invented by Sir John Herschel in 1842, first used as a mean of illustration and documentation by Anna Atkins, blueprint, or cyanotype, was repurposed to reproduce technical drawings for architectural and engineering projects. Reviving and interpreting this traditional knowledge, Atmospheric Wood aims to bring back this process to contemporary architecture.

The key element in this process is sunlight and, more specifically, its interaction with an UV light sensitive solution. While exposed to light, the process transforms untreated wood into an assortment of blue hues. In addition, a maze of pointillist patterns is created using a scattered application of natural minerals. The results vary depending on the environmental conditions during production and types of wood used.

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