atelier bow-wow + didier faustino explore innovative habitats in paris exhibition
 
atelier bow-wow + didier faustino explore innovative habitats in paris exhibition atelier bow-wow + didier faustino explore innovative habitats in paris exhibition
may 23, 2016

atelier bow-wow + didier faustino explore innovative habitats in paris exhibition

atelier bow-wow + didier faustino explore innovative habitats in paris exhibition
(above) wood was chosen due to its logic of cyclical production
image © atelier bow-wow

 

 

 

atelier bow-wow and didier faustino are among the most outstanding representatives of this generation of architects of the last decade who have emerged to bring a fresh look to the definitions of architecture hitherto established. their research on the living conditions in contemporary cities is artistically subversive and socially engaged. for the ‘magical house’, an exhibition held at the maison de la culture du japon in paris, the architects have chosen to work with a common material in a logic of cyclical production. this material – wood – used in the construction of the two architectures, is sourced in portugal, where didier fiuza faustino comes from, and will be returned at the end of the show for a second life. the two houses, rebuilt in the middle of a forest, will be accessible to all. although the architects have decided to work with this same material, the cells they present offer visitors two complementary visions.

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sourced from portugal, at the end of the show the wood will be returned for a second life
image © atelier bow-wow

 

 

 

for this collaboration, didier fiuza faustino designed a polyhedron with rounded edges. closed on the outside by translucent walls, balancing on one of its sides, the hermetically sealed structure is like a refuge, a cell in which one might protect oneself from a hostile environment. you could close yourself inside in order to open up to other areas, to travel elsewhere, even within oneself. this cabin might also be a childhood memory, a space shuttle in which we imagine traveling through the cosmos.

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atelier bow-wow’s roof-shaped structure offers shelter, making it an ideal place of exchange and conviviality
image © atelier bow-wow

 

 

 

alongside this sensitive, intimate installation, atelier bow-wow has made the generous offer of a roof-shaped structure the public can enter under to take shelter, or sit upon, making it a place of exchange and conviviality. both opaque and transparent, this structure reminds us as much of the slatted façades of traditional japanese townhouses, or machiya, as it does of the roofs of the first shinto shrines. visitors are invited to experience both architectures plunged into a darkness inhabited by a shadow play of light, and of sound and silence, creating a poetic atmosphere inspired by in praise of shadows, the masterpiece by the writer junichiro tanizaki, and the concept of the ‘uncanny’ described by sigmund freud.

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‘a home is not a hole’ 2016
image © ADAGP

 

 

 

though the exhibition invites poetic meanderings, it also makes it possible to rethink current urban issues, the problems of space, but also to question the relationship between individuals and their privacy. it will be conducive to the organization of workshops and meetings and is curated by hou hanru, the artistic director of the national museum of XXI century arts – MAXXI rome.

atelier bow wow didier faustino magical house maison de la culture du japon paris designboom
‘a home is not a hole’ 2016
image © ADAGP

atelier bow wow didier faustino magical house maison de la culture du japon paris designboom
2016
image © didier fiuza faustino

atelier bow wow didier faustino magical house maison de la culture du japon paris designboom
2016
image © didier fiuza faustino

 

 

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: juliana neira | designboom

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