Synthesis Design + Architecture and IBM Watson Analytics Collaborate on Data-Driven Installation

The expansive CNC-milled aluminum wall installation is inside the cloud-based data discovery service’s San Francisco IBM Watson Experience Center. Photograph courtesy Synthesis Design + Architecture

Merging data analytics, parametric modeling, and digital fabrication, Los Angeles–based Synthesis Design + Architecture, led by Alvin Huang, collaborated with IBM Watson Analytics on the creation of Data Moiré, an expansive CNC-milled aluminum wall installation inside the cloud-based data discovery service’s San Francisco IBM Watson Experience Center.

Parametric modeling based on Watson’s own statistical analysis dictated the data-driven patterns that adorn the surfaces, showcasing capabilities of the system while offering an ornate, speckled screen. The generative design is CNC milled onto two ⅛-inch sheets of aluminum that combine to create an intricate, abstract depiction of information. The backlit panels are affixed to a curved wall that encloses the Watson immersion room. Data Moiré’s shape and patterns immerse passersby in a lucid, tangible representation of the often inconceivable concepts behind big data.