Designers: Léopold cart, Célia Gaillard, Thomas Lucbernet, Morgane Welter / École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Nancy/
DS Smith Platics
The core structure of this project is made with transparent, cellular polycarbonate sheets held together by horizontal silver poles. The main design point of this project is the optical illusion created when the structure is illuminated with sun rays. Indeed, the polycarbonate can completely disappear in the sun rays or can, on the contrary, reflect light. The silver poles thus act like a filter and depending on the viewpoint, they can become transparent. Due to the varying lengths of the silver poles (from 1.5 to 3 meters), the top of the structure is mobile. This subtle motion gives a certain lightness to this project – like wind blowing through a field of wheat. The project was developed as a part of the ‘’Innovative Structures’’ competition which was launched by the Tourist Board of the city of Nancy in France. In this competition newly graduated architects were asked to create a brand new, unusual design for a furniture displaying promotional material like brochures, maps and leaflets. The project was inspired by the Tjibaou Cultural Center located in Nouméa, New Caledonia which was designed by Renzo Piano. The architects took inspiration from the cocoon shape of the Piano’s building. The egg-shaped furniture creates a semi-closed area which results in creating a more intimate and peaceful place in a public place. The seats and the tables were reinforced with plywood, an opaque material, encouraging the public to use the furniture.
- Date: 05 Jun, 2015
- Category: DESIGN
- Client: DS Smith Plastics