The Cloud was designed for the study “Living forms for the future” and was planned as a realization for the Documenta V. It was thoroughly developed down to the smallest detail in terms of concrete form and structure.
Organism for Living
The concept for the Cloud was developed in 1968 as part of a research commission from the municipality of Vienna. The study “Dwelling Forms of the Future” dealt with concepts for expanding existing living experiences by introducing changeable, mobile spaces. The Cloud was constructed down to the tiniest detail and was supposed to be exhibited at documenta 5 in Kassel after being assembled in Vienna.
The technical structure consists of a stand on wheels on which a giant “can container” is mounted in which all of the equipment is packed. The packaging is constructed to make it possible for setup to happen automatically in a short period of time.
When in functioning position, the object is 15 meters tall – the height of a three-story house – and 18 meters long. In this position the “can” is at a 30-degree angle, which makes it easy to walk up to reach a deck, a platform that folds out.
The plan for the documenta cloud was to use the deck as a place to lie down and relax. The sounds of the visitors’ hearts were to be translated into optical and acoustic signals in order to establish contact between the space and the people, with the visitors altering the space. The deck has room for 20 to 30 people, floating at a height of 7.5 meters above the ground, and it is surrounded by a pneumatic skin – a transparent sphere 10 meters in diameter.