clement bacle and ludovic ducasse architects: banaball
 
clement bacle and ludovic ducasse architects: banaball
jul 12, 2012

clement bacle and ludovic ducasse architects: banaball

‘banaball’ by clement bacle and ludovic ducasse, nantes, france all images courtesy of clement bacle and ludovic ducasse image © martin argyroglo for le lieu unique in nantes

 

 

 

french architects clement bacle and ludovic ducasse have built ‘banaball‘, an installation for the exhibition ‘playgrounds’ located on the roof of the school of architecture in nantes, france. the new sport occures within a 6m by 12m metal-frame structure highlighted with a yellow wooden floor and enclosed with a chain-link skin, designed to be assembled on-site. the ends of the box shape have been slightly tapered out to form the goals, and as the name implies, the project is replete with bananas throughout the terminology and iconography.

 

the sport consists of five foam balls and two teams with three players who must ‘banafreeze’ the opposing competitors by hitting them directly with a ball before it touches the ground. offensive maneuvers are executed from behind the attack line with the use of a hand-held wicker scoop called the banarama, borrowing from the ‘chistera’ of the basque pastime. defensively, incoming projectiles can be blocked by banamoving (dodging),  banablocking (with the banarama), or momentarily banahiding behind a banafrozen teammate. when a goal is scored, all banafrozen players on the scoring side are free to move, at which point the entire bunch screams ‘bbaaannaaaabbaaaall’, celebrating the fruits of their labor.

geo coordinates: 47° 14′ 30” ,  1° 33′ 56”

clement bacle and ludovic ducasse architects: banaball exterior image © martin argyroglo for le lieu unique in nantes

clement bacle and ludovic ducasse architects: banaball approach image © martin argyroglo for le lieu unique in nantes

clement bacle and ludovic ducasse architects: banaball entry image © martin argyroglo for le lieu unique in nantes

clement bacle and ludovic ducasse architects: banaball elevation showing structure and wood flooring image © martin argyroglo for le lieu unique in nantes

clement bacle and ludovic ducasse architects: banaball banana signage and metal frame structure image © martin argyroglo for le lieu unique in nantes

clement bacle and ludovic ducasse architects: banaball interior gameplay – cameraman banafrozen image © martin argyroglo for le lieu unique in nantes

clement bacle and ludovic ducasse architects: banaball gameplay image © martin argyroglo for le lieu unique in nantes

clement bacle and ludovic ducasse architects: banaball gameplay image © martin argyroglo for le lieu unique in nantes

clement bacle and ludovic ducasse architects: banaball illuminated court

clement bacle and ludovic ducasse architects: banaball sire image © martin argyroglo for le lieu unique in nantes

clement bacle and ludovic ducasse architects: banaball rooftop view image © martin argyroglo for le lieu unique in nantes

clement bacle and ludovic ducasse architects: banaball banana transportation image © martin argyroglo for le lieu unique in nantes

clement bacle and ludovic ducasse architects: banaball wire-frame + foam banana construction

clement bacle and ludovic ducasse architects: banaball render

clement bacle and ludovic ducasse architects: banaball elevation

clement bacle and ludovic ducasse architects: banaball elevation

clement bacle and ludovic ducasse architects: banaball elevation

clement bacle and ludovic ducasse architects: banaball axonometric

clement bacle and ludovic ducasse architects: banaball connection details

clement bacle and ludovic ducasse architects: banaball connection details

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