ronan & erwan bouroullec propose experimental solutions for urban life at VITRA
 

ronan & erwan bouroullec propose experimental solutions for urban life at VITRA

 

ronan and erwan bouroullec bring ‘rêveries urbaines’ (‘urban dreams’) to the zaha hadid-designed fire station at the VITRA campus. the exhibition depicts a wide-ranging exploration of possible solutions for cities, and concepts for urban development. the proposed ideas are presented in the gallery as models and animations through which visitors can walk through, forming an immersive experience that offers a series of different scenarios that form ‘chapters’ in an urban fiction.

 

‘rêveries urbaines’ — on view from now through january 22, 2017 — was previously exhibited at les champs libres in rennes as part of a comprehensive retrospective of the studio’s work. the exhibition at VITRA also marks the bouroullec’s second exhibition at the campus after ‘album‘ in 2012.

ronan-erwan-bouroullec-vitra-fire-station-reveries-urbaines-exhibition-designboom-02
‘abris et rochers’ (shelters and rocks): a scenic viewpoint made of rocks and covered by an aerial roof
all images courtesy of vitra design museum © studio bouroullec

 

 

‘the exhibition presents ongoing research: open and abundant research, a ‘pragmatic reverie’ that is designed to exist in public spaces, perhaps in weil,ronan bouroullec says of the show. ‘some people may find the exhibition perturbing or surprising because, up until now, urban development has never been our subject. I like being in that position. over the past 20 years, I think our best propositions were linked to subjects for which we were not particularly prepared.’

ronan-erwan-bouroullec-vitra-fire-station-reveries-urbaines-exhibition-designboom-02
‘nuages’ (clouds): half pergola, half vegetal, the structure forms a link between the geometric and the organic

 

 

the exhibition presented by the vitra design museum features ronan and erwan bouroullec’s first projects that focus on public spaces. films and research models are arranged around fourteen proposals that re-invent motifs for urban spaces, such as vines, torches, parasols, a fountain, and a kiosk. the installation refers to some of the ongoing projects the brothers are developing for several cities around the world, each with an aim to give a new sensibility to the spaces where we engage publicly, through the use of line, harmony and transparency. the scenarios take into account urban functions and the relationship between buildings — human considerations that would make the city a place of enchantment.

ronan-erwan-bouroullec-vitra-fire-station-reveries-urbaines-exhibition-designboom-02
a unit in the shape of a cloud, a signature motif in the work of ronan & erwan bouroullec, creates a roof

 

 

‘the project was built from a certain distance, which is our normal way of working,’ erwan bouroullec describes of their collaborative approach. ‘in our work, no project is dedicated to a particular person or place. the exhibition brings together propositions for developing public spaces that could equally apply to weil, basel or copenhagen. in fact, all of these principles have the advantage of containing an element of abstraction. they reply to a question that is not completely clear. it is in this vacuum that our propositions could be potentially re-imagined ‘on site’.

ronan-erwan-bouroullec-vitra-fire-station-reveries-urbaines-exhibition-designboom-02
‘pergola’: the structure forms a shaded pathway made up of one single, repeating unit

 

 

designboom recently paid a visit to the bouroullec’s intimate workspace, housed in a former shoe factory, to talk to ronan about their creative processes. see inside their paris studio here

ronan-erwan-bouroullec-vitra-fire-station-reveries-urbaines-exhibition-designboom-02
the surface of the pergola is like an architectural chain that creates a magical entwinement of metal and vegetation

ronan-erwan-bouroullec-vitra-fire-station-reveries-urbaines-exhibition-designboom-02
‘chapiteau lumineux’ (bright tent): the tent is made up of masts arranged to look like the poles of a circus tent

ronan-erwan-bouroullec-vitra-fire-station-reveries-urbaines-exhibition-designboom-02
the light evokes the atmosphere of an open air café, and the space becomes like an urban living room

ronan-erwan-bouroullec-vitra-fire-station-reveries-urbaines-exhibition-designboom-02
‘toits et troncs’ (roofs and trunks): roofs are stripped back to the basics and resemble community shelters

ronan-erwan-bouroullec-vitra-fire-station-reveries-urbaines-exhibition-designboom-02
installation view of ‘rêveries urbaines’ (‘urban dreams’) at the zaha hadid-designed fire station

ronan-erwan-bouroullec-vitra-fire-station-reveries-urbaines-exhibition-designboom-02
the exhibition forms an immersive experience that offers different scenarios as ‘chapters’ in an urban fiction

ronan-erwan-bouroullec-vitra-fire-station-reveries-urbaines-exhibition-designboom-02
models are presented on long tables within the gallery

ronan-erwan-bouroullec-vitra-fire-station-reveries-urbaines-exhibition-designboom-02
the exhibition depicts a wide-ranging exploration of possible solutions for cities

ronan-erwan-bouroullec-vitra-fire-station-reveries-urbaines-exhibition-designboom-02
visitors are able to walk through the series of models and animations

ronan-erwan-bouroullec-vitra-fire-station-reveries-urbaines-exhibition-designboom-02
films and research models are arranged around fourteen main proposals

ronan-erwan-bouroullec-vitra-fire-station-reveries-urbaines-exhibition-designboom-02
the scenarios take into account urban functions and the relationship between buildings

Save

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    design news

    ×
    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    501,538 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample