Architecture in the Making
Architecture as a Making Discipline
and Material Practice

Erratic at Aalto

When: September 19, 2013
What: Exhibition and panel discussion
Where: 3D Lab, Old Customs Warehouse, Aalto University

The installation Erratic by architects Norell/Rodhe playfully explores the tension between digital precision and materials that behave erratically. Opening at the ADDLAB in Helsinki on September 19, the exhibition features architectural mediations on the erratic block – one life-size installation and a series of smaller objects.

One of architectures tasks has always been to bridge the gap between representation and construction. In a time where anything can be precisely reproduced digitally, Erratic charts architectural opportunities that arise in the glitch between geometrical information and architectural object. The installation, situated in ADDLAB’s double height café space, takes its cues from the intimidating massing of an erratic block, commonly found all over the Nordic region. Its irregular, meandering surface is designed as an analog battle of forces between a thick, semi-rigid surface and a rigid, inner armature.

Simultaneously strange and familiar, the installation investigates boundaries of abstraction, materiality and geometry in contemporary architectural design. It promiscuously intermingles rapid prototyping with “real” materials and life-size analog models with simulation executed in animation software.

Panel: Erratic Design

September 19, 2013 at 7 pm, 3D Lab, Helsinki Design Week, Old Customs Warehouse
Hosted by Aalto University Digital Design Laboratory.


Daniel Norell & Einar Rodhe, Norell/Rodhe (SE)
Antti Ahlava, Head of Department, Department of Architecture, Aalto University (FI)
Tim Anstey, Professor AHO (NO)
Kivi Sotamaa, Director ADD (FI)

Following the opening of Norell/Rodhe’s exhibition Erratic at the ADDLAB, this open-ended panel discussion will chart fresh approaches that emerge after the surge of computerized design. Featuring eccentric leaps between established opposites such as digital and analog as well as abstract and material, it will interrogate the pasts and futures of design media in architecture.

A screening of models, drawings, videos and installation photographs from Erratic will take place at the 3D Lab immediately following the discussion.


Project Design by Norell/Rodhe - Daniel Norell and Einar Rodhe
Team: Hseng Tai Lintner, Stefan Svedberg and Axel Wolgers

ADD Team

Kivi Sotamaa

Supported by:

The Architecture in the Making research environment
Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Architecture, Gothenburg
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Architecture, Stockholm

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