The collaboration with Brooklyn-based company Calico Wallpaper builds on Snarkitecture’s ongoing exploration of excavation as an architectural process. Topographies transform this three-dimensional exercise into a handmade, two-dimensional wallcovering. Sheets of paper were torn by hand, stacked to create a stepped topography, and then scanned at a high resolution.

Digitally printed, the resulting wallcovering implies an unknown architectural depth within the flat surface of the wall. Alluding to the aging process of layered wallpaper, the design reveals an unexpected relationship between destruction and construction.

Photos by Noah Kalina and Lauren Coleman