Street Architecture & Urban Interventions

17:18:04:28

Shanghai

12

Dec

2014

The Cloud

Get Comfy on top of the cloud... everywhere

The Cloud

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THE CLOUD
 
A project of Benoy exhibited in the OnDesign fair in Shanghai New International Expo Centre designed by 100architects director.
 
The concept for the “Mini Plaza” is to generate a single object with condensed functions as a platform for enhancing social interaction, hosting multiple functions and several users at the same time.
 
It is an “object plaza” in its minimal expression, where its scale is perceived rather as furniture but providing of a mix use of functions – or a programmatic landscape – in only 4 sqm.
 
 

 ©Amey Kandalgaonkar

©Amey Kandalgaonkar


The Comfy Cloud is a mixed-use “object” that lies between furniture, sculpture, art and public space, which has been designed to be used by a group of up to 5 people simultaneously.
 
The aim was to concentrate different functions in a single volume, which through its morphology would allow the users to interact from all its sides.
 
The object has been lifted 30cm from the ground, in order to generate a comfortable height for seating.
 
 
 ©Amey Kandalgaonkar

©Amey Kandalgaonkar


LED lights underneath the base have been installed seeking both, indirect soft illumination and lighten the visual weight of the object.
 
The total footprint of the object is 200x200cm, with a maximum height of 115cm.
 
 
 ©Amey Kandalgaonkar

©Amey Kandalgaonkar


The intention of making it look as a homogeneous and continuous object has led us to fabricate it in a solid-continuous surface, therefore the chosen material was Dupont Corian Solid Surface, due to its high performance, versatility and outstanding aesthetics.
This allows the object to be placed in any context, exterior or interior.
 
It is a 2×2 m. squared object that is composed of 5 different functions:
– The lounge seating
– The laying spot
– The grandstand
– The slide
– The Pet House
 
However, it also counts with several compartments for accommodating different decorative elements, books, household items or small greenery.
 
The position of all those functions has been specifically arranged in order to allow visual connections and crossed interactions between its users.
 
It is specially designed to be located in exterior spaces such as riverbanks and waterfronts, Plazas, university campuses, promenades and pedestrian streets among others.
 
It can also be placed in semi public spaces such as shopping mall atriums or courtyards, airports, waiting areas, VIP lounges and hotels lobbies.
 
 
 ©Amey Kandalgaonkar

©Amey Kandalgaonkar


Thanks to its diverse functionality and the high performance materiality, The Comfy Cloud can be placed in both, interior and exterior spaces, amplifying its versatility, being flexible to any kind of necessity from its users.

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Grounded Object

Product definition

It is an inhabitable architectural object inserted on top of an existing urban environment, but alienated from its surroundings.
 
This architectural object intervenes in the space by touching the ground and acting as an accessible and multifunctional platform, allowing people to stand on top of it and interact directly.
 
The main objective of this conceptual prototype is to trigger a massive public interest to the place, encouraging the rise of high public affluence, becoming a remarkable virtual landmark that attracts customers and cultivates important human dynamics and commercial activity.