hofman dujardin architects: oyes chair
hofman dujardin architects: oyes chair hofman dujardin architects: oyes chair
apr 12, 2010

hofman dujardin architects: oyes chair

‘oyes’ proposal by hofman dujardin architects all images hofman dujardin architects

‘oyes’ by dutch firm hofman dujardin architects has been created for the charity project in cape town organized by chair manufacturer dietiker and AIT magazine. one hundred architecture and interior design offices across europe were selected to redesign the ‘ono’ chair produced by the company. the newly designed chairs will be exhibited in the context of a road show in the AIT-architektur salons hamburg, munich, north rhine-westphalia, stuttgart and rotterdam. the main auction of the chairs will take place in spring 2010. the proceeds generated from this auction will support the langa township in cape town, south africa.

at night

for their proposal the chair is a model of a building with a height of 760m, an urban icon for cape town. while the ‘ono’ chair can be used by a maximum of two people, the ‘oyes’ chair with a surface of 800.000m2 can host about 50.000 people. four slim feet of 25x30m will touch the city in the business district and the harbor. these four new locations will be connected through identical towers with a height of 460m. each foot will intervene in the existing urban fabric, connecting people from different areas.

the 800.000m2 building will act as a social housing icon. inhabitants of the langa township can move to the city centre. compact apartments are created in the slim feet of 25 x 30m with a height of 460m. the level of the seat becomes an open space of 450 x 450m suitable for a public park and soccer fields overlooking the ocean. the back support of the chair will be filled with apartments until a height of 760m. in between there are shops, offices, sport facilities, cinema, bars, restaurants etc. the ‘oyes’ chair becomes the iconic symbol of charity, the second tallest building of the world is the shelter of the homeless people of the townships. high-rise for the poor on the south point of the african continent with a view at the atlantic ocean.

the ‘oyes’ chair standing on top of the city

the ‘oyes’ chair with table mountain in the background

rising over the city

the shadow the icon casts

the site

facilities the ‘oyes’ will house

is the 2nd tallest building in the world

  • un-interesting, un-necessary, un-provocative…a overscaled chair has already been used as an icon in areas where it made much more sense than cape town!

    a.d.k.v says:
  • Is this a late April fools?

    R says:
  • HA!!!!! cool. I really want to SIT in one of those restaurants and enjoy a very good meal COMFORTABLY !!!!!.

    camilor+ says:
  • Yawn yawn yawn

    S says:
  • cool idea but very optimistic.. have they been to south africa?
    and what about that crazy shadow it will throw over the city plus take away from the glory of table mountain!

    anonymous says:
  • I’m with R and S. A chair to sit on is a benefit. A bldg made to look like a chair. Sorry, ridiculous d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • ahaha. try a sofa next time.

    Onur says:
  • where are you people’s sense of adventure? I live in Cape Town and I can promise you that the people from Langa would be ecstatic about this. How else would you suggest them to be incorporated into an area they would otherwise have no access to in a way that would be exciting for all Capetonians who, by the way, have loads of adventurism…

    Ella says:
  • alright Ella, if you really want to put it on a more realistic level let’s do it. I live in Maputo and I see what happens when you take people from a rural contest and you move them into hi-rises…it just doesn’t work. You really want to force people to move from a shack to a 785m high chair just for the sake of the “sense of adventure”? do you really think that’s the best for them? or maybe it is just a pointless provocation by a dutch-based architect who thinks it is cool to do that?

    a.d.k.v says:
  • I too questioned how a chair was relevant to Cape Town, until I realised that it is situated adjacent to Table Mountain. Then it all made sense. Very Clever. I think it’s brilliant

    Mt says:
  • pior projeto q ja vi na minha vida, repuguinante, orrivel, tosco, sem criatividade….nada

    shakal says:
  • To Mt.:

    Me too.

    I think, that’s a geat idea: table mountain and chair building… The same mountain made by hand of a human

    N says:
  • since the hind legs arent completely vertical how would the elevators go up?

    daich says:
  • i only want to say…if u take it seriously .. u lose..

    siuwawa says:
  • it sucks…

    jed says:
  • humor

    mikk says:
  • nahh really? that’s no cool sorry

    victor says:
  • PLEASE! Don’t brake that beautifull skyline of the Table Mountain

    Zamir Ismail says:

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