topographic table

These days, you can make almost anything with the right tools. The question then shifts from one of possibility to one of choice – not ‘can’ but ‘should’ we build it? This table by anOtherArchitect seeks to answer this call with actions that are much louder than words.

Combining craft, art, design and technology, one architect has created a table full of rich abstract topography that shows one direction of amazing potential with respect to computer-programmed CNC milling. The particular forms cut into the wooden surface happen to represent a computerized conversion of the ambient sounds of noise-polluted Cairo, Egypt – but the source is almost irrelevant as the curved aesthetic seems to ‘speak’ (no pun intended) for itself.

topographic cnc cut table

As fascinating as the complex landscape is, the joinery of the table top and its stand is perhaps the most impressive use of the technology employed – the exact inverse pattern was cut into the top of the pedestal part so that the underside of the table can slot smoothly into place above it. Crafting something that precise by hand would be nearly impossible.

topographic 3d wood table

“Established in 2007 by Daniel Dendra in Berlin anOtherArchitect (aA) is an award winning design studio focusing on sustainable design solutions in the built environment. Before founding anOtherArchitect Daniel was working at various architecture offices in London, Moscow, Düsseldorf and Rotterdam such as A.M.O. (Rem Koolhaas) and Zaha Hadid Architects. Daniel was involved in projects of all scales from regional planning (Hollocore – AMO 2002), master planning, several large scale tower projects in Spain, Dubai and Australia, architectural design (shopping centers, offices and residential in Spain, Russia, Germany and UK), exhibition design (Spymaker – London and Indianapolis 2006) and small scale installations (UrbanNebula, London, 2007).”

“This huge diversity in scale of work is also today part of the philosophy of anOtherArchitect. The practice is specializing in user centered design and the integration of latest technologies into the design process. Thus offering a more social and economical approach to the clients needs.”