PearlWest Topographic Wall

Boulder, CO
Completion: 2017
Client: The Nichols Partnership
Photography by: James Florio
in collaboration with Scott Bennet of Housefish and Dan Sjogen of Sjotime
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The Topo Wall is a 34-foot tall scaled relief model of the Front Range spanning from Coal Creek Canyon to Lefthand Canyon. The installation is located under a large skylight, gracing the atrium space of a vibrant mixed use project, activating the space through its sher size and simple representation of the landforms in which the project is sited. The south-facing wall amplifies perception of sun’s movement through dramatic shadows projected on a faceted white surface.

The wall is constructed of MDF panels strategically shaped from behind to reduce the overall weight. The surface was CNC routed from a 3D surface created from an assembly of USGS topographic LIDAR data. The residual imprint of the fabrication toolpath was manipulated to create subtle concentric rings across the surface of the entire wall, which
identifies the project site at their center.