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Neal Feay Raises the Bar (literally) for the WestEdge DJ Booth

Photo by Alex Blair

Photo by Alex Blair

We could not be more pleased to announce that the “EXO”, an exquisite structure designed by Doris Sung of DOSU Studio Architecture, engineered by ARUP Engineering and fabricated by Neal Feay Company, will be featured at this year’s edition of WestEdge serving as the official DJ tower.

About Neal Feay:
Neal Feay Studio is the global leader in creative aluminum with over 60 years experience in cutting edge manufacturing technology and design. The third generation, Santa Barbara-based company has collaborated with an expansive list of top-tier artists, architects, designers and manufacturers over the years.

About the EXO:
The materials used to build this 8’ high structure include thermobimetal, aluminum and steel. Thermobimetal is a lamination of two alloys of metals with different coefficients of expansion. When heated, the “smart” material curls. This natural behavior is beneficial during construction because it enables a person to assemble the project with minimal effort and danger. With no mechanical force required, a single person can assemble the surface with a single hand. Each individual piece is heated in a conventional oven to about 350 degrees Farenheit, the point with optimal geometric curl, then simply held into position until it cools. As the piece cools and returns to its flattened state, it is prematurely locked into place, forming a tensioned bow-beam (imagine an archer’s bow). When distributed in a field of bows on a cylindrical type of surface, the result is an extremely strong and lightweight shell, much like the exo-skeleton of a lobster or crustacean. The surface is held in tension with no connection hardware.

About DOSU Studio Architecture:
Doris Sung, principal at DOSU in Los Angeles, finds inspiration in biology to improve the performance of building skins. She applies “smart” geometries to “smart” materials, such as thermobimetals, to make “smart” building skins. Her TED talk is nearing one million views.

The music from our resident DJ Matthew Rubino will sound even better emanating from the top of this extraordinary sculpture located prominently on the show floor. See the brilliantly designed EXO in person at this year’s edition of WestEdge!