architecture and design studio bureau A has presented its recycled foam collection for swissnex during the ‘switzerland at pier 17’ grand opening in san francisco. between the 24- 25th of september 2016, the event celebrated the rebirth of the historic pier which is now home to the interdisciplinary initiative swissnex — a global network aiming to connect professionals and creative in switzerland and north america.

bureau a swissnex colleciton switerzland at pier 17 san francisco designboom
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from furniture sculptures to basic figures, bureau A has assembled its foam creations for swissnex in a great variety of ways to evolve during the opening weekend and month-long exhibition. ‘here we are in san francisco, in 2016, a city not bound by strict code but rather […] which desires constant change and progress. switzerland at pier 17 represents this desire: a constant search for evolution […] and the unknown. for the opening, the space will be transformed into a landscape of basic shapes, overtaking the gallery completely to host a variety of dynamic and informal exchanges. no stiffness exists here’. 

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image © dylan perrenoud

 

 

the core value for swissnex is to ‘bridge the gap’ between both continents through innovation, science, arts and education. with that in mind, the collection should be perceived as an uninterrupted and flowing language of connection. ‘no stiffness exists here. the US west coast is meeting switzerland, everything is soft, welcoming, and can be used informally’, states the studio.


image © dylan perrenoud

bureau a swissnex colleciton switerzland at pier 17 san francisco designboom
image © dylan perrenoud

bureau a swissnex colleciton switerzland at pier 17 san francisco designboom
image © dylan perrenoud

bureau a swissnex colleciton switerzland at pier 17 san francisco designboom
image © dylan perrenoud

bureau a swissnex colleciton switerzland at pier 17 san francisco designboom
image © dylan perrenoud

bureau a swissnex colleciton switerzland at pier 17 san francisco designboom
image © dylan perrenoud

bureau a swissnex colleciton switerzland at pier 17 san francisco designboom
image © dylan perrenoud

bureau a swissnex colleciton switerzland at pier 17 san francisco designboom
image © dylan perrenoud

 

 

project info:

 

program: exhibition
design and text:
BUREAU A (daniel zamarbide, leopold banchini)
foam fabricator: level 2 industrial labs
organization: swissnex san francisco, consulate general of switzerland, swiss business hub and switzerland tourism
commission:  federal office for buildings and logistics FBL
location: pier 17, san francisco, portugal
materials: recycled foam, acrylic
date: september 2016
area: 440 sq. m

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom

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