1024 architecture's 24 lines illuminate la panacee cafe 1024 architecture's 24 lines illuminate la panacee cafe
jul 04, 2013

1024 architecture's 24 lines illuminate la panacee cafe

1024 architecture’s ’24 lines’ illuminate la panacée cafe and entrance hall
image © brice pelleschi
all images courtesy of 1024 architecture




french firm, 1024 architecture‘s first permanent art installation transforms the entry hall and cafe of la panacée art centre in montpellier into an intimate space for socializing and collaboration. the wood-clad steel skeleton imposes spatial hierarchy in the open plan entry hall, delineating the dining area and leaving a clear path of circulation to the adjacent galleries and program areas. supporting birch canopies, oxidized metal pipes are connected with bichromated assembly collars. the language of the framework becomes the cohesive characteristic of the aesthetic, informing modification to the french-designed mullca 510 chair used throughout the cafe. the space is illuminated by 24 flexible neon lights that are hung from the 40 metre structure. they also adjust the atmosphere, modulating from a tranquil rhythm, like that of natural respiration, to a rapid beat or crackling. the organic sculpture blends art, architecture and design, echoing the unseen building structure and ideas behind the cultural foundation.



the installation gives scale and hierarchy to the entry hall
image © brice pelleschi



(left): the strong structural rhythm is highlighted by pulsating neon lights
(right): the cafe accommodates small group meetings as well as individual reprieve
image © brice pelleschi



connection detail
image © brice pelleschi






project info:

project title: 24 lines
dimensions: 40 m x 8 m x 3.5m.
materials: oxidized steel, bichromated steel, wood, lighting, flexible neon lights
project architect: 1024 architecture
artistic designers: pierre schneider and françois wunschel
associated architect: stéphanie grimard
project management: alban mallet
structure – lighting – bar furniture: sirc
room furniture: ciguë
upholstery: sidonie lelièvre
production: la panacée, centre for art and contemporary culture – ville de montpellier
photos: © brice pelleschi

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