paul coudamy: swollen wall
paul coudamy: swollen wall paul coudamy: swollen wall
feb 22, 2010

paul coudamy: swollen wall

detail of ‘swollen wall’

french architect paul coudamy has sent us images of his newest project ‘swollen wall’. coudamy’s client desired a system in which he could openly live alongside and enjoy his collection of books and films in his recently acquired haussmanian apartment.

‘swollen wall’ is a bookshelf which articulates the different living spaces of the apartment, and has been installed along two main load-bearing walls. it circulates along the upper walls, through the bedroom, and creates a hallway storage area in the entrance. it also wraps around the corner walls of the office, which accommodates a bed for guests under its elevated desk platform.

from floor to ceiling, the shelf is directed by a 20 x 20 cm squared grid. the grid size is defined by the pocket book format and is flexible enough to enlarge in order to accomodate larger boks and objects, making room for speakers, A4 files, vasese etc. closed storage blocks are extruded from these cells offering a mini bar, dressing wardrobe, storage devices etc.

the swollen shelving unit contrasts with angular closed storage cabinets. by deforming its edges, the dilated wall creates strange perspectives that appear as mutations in the classic dwelling. instead of being an addition, this hybrid element interacts with the objects it welcomes and the inhabitants of the apartment.

the office space where a guest bed is hidden below the desk

detail of ‘swollen wall’

‘swollen wall’ within the living space

the wall continues over and around closed storage units

rendering of the ‘swollen wall’


    it seems that this design is not a new idea….

    danilo_ says:
  • Archeology fans?
    What has not been done before?

    Timo says:
  • this one is nicer! more geometric 80ies. its like a lens warp in photoshop

    michael says:
  • A creative project, interesting for its bed under plinth, but it looks so simple. Simple… do it yourself look.
    Sottsass was also experimenting with furniture, but it looked luxorious, modern, not simple, do it yourself. He also mensioned that his modern objects send vibrations. So one can´t live with them in the same way, one must give them room, and assemble with other not so modern objects.
    This furniture sends vibrations, tuned down in pale, but still it’s too much for a house. Like a chunk of the designers style, taking over a part of the house. Thinking of giant cocoon, and that alien movie after the beasts redecorated the interiors.
    It has worked before, in comicbook shops.

    Pimpão says:
  • Inventive and fun. The curved shape adds a new dimension to our linear world. The fact that the “History of Barbar” is prominent in a few photos helps too d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • too conceptually messy

    sdemo says:
  • @Pimpao: I disagree! I had the chance to live and sleep a few days in that very appartment, and believe me, it is just great and fits perfectly!!!

    keta says:
  • First impressions can’t match actual inspection.

    Pimpão says:
  • wouldnt it have been easier to build them without the faffyness?

    philistine says:

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