‘le voronoi’ by collectif timée image © mikaël pors

french studio called collectif timée have been commissioned to design and construct one singular object, ‘le voronoï’, for the fair ‘le voyage à nantes‘ to provide a new perception of the french town’s surroundings. in response to the brief the scholars conceived a type of phantom architecture, an egg-like sculpture composed of 1200 mirrors to adorn the urban landscape, propped proudly in a tree located in the city center of nantes.

the artwork, an ellipsoid measuring 6 meters high and 4 meters wide, is characterized by a reflective fragmented skin, influenced by the creators’ research into cells, which then led to a mathematical principle directing the structure’s design. according to the voronoi diagram, there are free random space points, where a mathematical formula creates cells from halfway lines around the points. the cells converge towards a unique point located at the volume center, to provide the effect of a huge kaleidoscope, so that when the street becomes busy, the whole structure trembles and shimmers. the piece is made from 3mm thick composite panels as the material was easy to transform, cut and fold.

suspended sculpture composed of 1200 mirrors reflects french cityscape the artwork, an ellipsoid measuring 6 meters high and 4 meters wide, is characterized by a reflective fragmented skin image © mikaël pors

suspended sculpture composed of 1200 mirrors reflects french cityscape the egg-like sculpture is composed of 1200 mirrors image © mikaël pors

suspended sculpture composed of 1200 mirrors reflects french cityscape the concept is based on the voronoi diagram image © pauline trochu

suspended sculpture composed of 1200 mirrors reflects french cityscape detail image image © pauline trochu

suspended sculpture composed of 1200 mirrors reflects french cityscape in the city center

suspended sculpture composed of 1200 mirrors reflects french cityscape construction of the sculpture image © rosalie robert

suspended sculpture composed of 1200 mirrors reflects french cityscape the composite board was an easy material to cut and fold image © mikaël pors

suspended sculpture composed of 1200 mirrors reflects french cityscape assembly image © rosalie robert

suspended sculpture composed of 1200 mirrors reflects french cityscape image © rosalie robert

suspended sculpture composed of 1200 mirrors reflects french cityscape image © rosalie robert

suspended sculpture composed of 1200 mirrors reflects french cityscape a diagram showing the project’s evolution

suspended sculpture composed of 1200 mirrors reflects french cityscape a sketch of the concept

project info:

designed and built by: collectif timée, students at nantes school of architecture client: le voyage à nantes design and fabrication: hélène crusson ripoche, valérie dabadie, anna le regent, adèle leyris, morgan moreau, mikaël pors, rosalie rober, pauline trochu faculty advisors: michel bertreux, francis miguet, michel dudon location: nantes, france geo coordinates: N47° 12.8686′, W001° 33.2256′ status: on view until the end of august