PARIS – Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s pair of pavilions offer a balance between intricate craftsmanship and industrial production. Represented by Galerie kreo, the designer duo was commissioned by urban developer Emerige to devise a modular stand-alone unit. The structure’s initial use is to be a point of public contact for the Batignolles project, an innovative development programme to regenerate a section of the seventeenth arrondissement in the heart of Paris, France. Following the sales phase’s conclusion, Emerige will donate the two modular pavilions to the city for use during social and cultural events.
Kiosque is a flawless representation of the Bouroullec brothers’ work. A straightforward structure allows the adaptability required of the brief, whilst an exquisite attention to detail yields a refined design, manufactured with great skill at the ateliers of La Machine in Nantes. The brothers identify the construction as ‘urban furniture’, a compact design making it easily transportable – with assembly taking just three hours.
Opaque panels slide open to expose large windows which run along the long sides of the Kiosque. Overhanging beyond the perimeter walls, a concertina roof creates a sheltered terrace which wraps the pavilion’s exterior, allowing functions to spread outdoors. Forming a band of light around the structure, spherical lamps hang from the cantilevered steel planes for a delicate finish. Refined craftsmanship is reflected in the interior where honey-hued oak juxtaposes black powder-coated steel. Recessed lighting accentuates the timber’s textures and golden tones, adding a tactile element to complement the razor sharp edges of the exterior. Envisaged as ‘empty volumes’, the open plan interior – furnished with pieces from the Bouroullec’s Vitra collection – allows functional flexibility. One can easily imagine the unlimited uses of these versatile pavilions, a sure asset to the public realm of the city.
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