Marking the entrance of the V&A was Timber Wave a large-scale sculptural structure by AL_A Architects with Arup Engineers. It was part of a series of Installations across London that marked the advent of the 2011 London Design Festival.
Using a combination of hi-tech and lo-tech processes Timber Wave made visible the continued value of hand-drawings and handcrafted models coupled with 3D modeling and precision engineering. Here furniture-making techniques were applied to a large rhythmic structure. It also made evident a series of simple two-dimensional patterns that could be generated from a seemingly complex three-dimensional and repetitive array depending on ones viewpoint. The sculpture was a beautiful three-dimensional pattern that showed the space of space.