Rhizomatic gateway - Over The Moselle River

Rhizomatic gateway - Over The Moselle River

France
DS Smith

50 students from different countries (including Spain, France, Brazil, Canada, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic, Greece and other) met in Epinal, France in June 2013 for a challenge of creating the most innovative concept of a pier.
The main constraint during this competition was the limited material that was provided (wood, polycar- bonate sheets, screws and rope). Each of the 10 teams, which consisted of 5 persons, created an installa- tion that was supposed to support the weight of 2 people (at the top of the pier).
All of the 10 constructions were on a later stage connected via a gateway. The final outcome of the in- stallation is a combination of polycarbonate with a wooden based structure. The innovation of the project consists in the original usage of polycarbonate and wood instead of the usual combination of aluminium and steel. Polycarbonate served in this project as the supporting floor.
First 2 winning projects show the light ‘feathery’ structures, where the classic natural product - wood is married with the modern material – polycarbonate. This interesting combination results in lightness and transparency throughout the vertical and horizontal applications i.e.: roofing, walls and flooring. The in- novative aspect of this project lies definitely on the symbiosis of 2 materials: wood and polycarbonate, which are unusual to see together in the same concept.