Street Architecture & Urban Interventions

10:06:00:20

Shanghai

03

Jan

2016

Cloud in the Bund

A spot to stop

Cloud in the Bund

About

The Cloud is a Grounded object

placed temporarily in the large public esplanade right opposite to the Long Museum at the West Bund in Shanghai

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Cloud in the Bund
West Bund | Shanghai | Object Plaza
 
A project of BENOY designed by 100architects director.
 
Concept
The concept is to generate a scalable object as a platform for enhancing social interaction synergies, hosting multiple functions and several users at the same time.
 
 

A condensed landscape of leisure functions / © Amey Kandalgaonkar

A condensed landscape of leisure functions / © Amey Kandalgaonkar


Description
Cloud in the Bund is a trial to catalyze the integration of social interactions in residual public spaces of the renowned West Bund, Shanghai’s new art district.
 
 
It is an architectural object for exterior use that provides of different resting positions.

It is an architectural object for exterior use that provides of different resting positions.


After a process of rapid & radical urban transformation of such a scale, which turned the industrialized area into a Cultural Corridor, arises the opportunity of revitalizing residual pedestrian areas at the bank of Huangpu River.
 
 
It is an architectural object for exterior use  / © Amey Kandalgaonkar

It is an architectural object for exterior use / © Amey Kandalgaonkar


As a small scale response to that matter, Cloud in the Bund appears as a mixed-use “object” that lies between urban furniture, sculpture, art and public space.
 
 
It is an architectural object for exterior use  / © Amey Kandalgaonkar

It is an architectural object for exterior use / © Amey Kandalgaonkar


It is a multifunctional object designed to be used simultaneously by several people, literally to ease social interactions, offering an elegant spot to stop, rest, sit, lay down, contemplate, observe, chat, play, and any other activities that users may come up with.
 
 
Mini object Plaza  / ©  photo Amey Kandalgaonkar

Mini object Plaza / © photo Amey Kandalgaonkar


In fact, its shape has been intentionally designed providing enough hints of how to use it, but flexible enough for the users to reinterpret it and customize their own way of using it, hence the object looks quite different from each side.
 
 
A condensed landscape of leisure functions / © Amey Kandalgaonkar

A condensed landscape of leisure functions / © Amey Kandalgaonkar


The aim was always to concentrate different functions in a single volume, which through its morphology would allow the users to interact from all its sides. , It is a condensed functional landscape for leisure.
 
 
Mini object Plaza  / ©  photo Amey Kandalgaonkar

Mini object Plaza / © photo Amey Kandalgaonkar


The object has been thought as a scalable modular urban furniture, able to grow in size & program by adding more functions to it.
 
 
It is an architectural object for exterior use that provides of different resting positions.

It is an architectural object for exterior use that provides of different resting positions.


This scalable functionality, added to the high performance of its materiality, makes it highly versatile to be displayed in different public colliding spaces, from riverfronts to squares, from pedestrian streets to hotel lobbies or shopping malls, etc…
 
 
Mini object Plaza  / ©  photo Amey Kandalgaonkar

Mini object Plaza / © photo Amey Kandalgaonkar


The intention of making it look as a homogeneous and continuous object, as well as suitable for both, interior & exterior spaces, 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 and outstanding aesthetics.
 
 
Mini object Plaza  / ©  photo Amey Kandalgaonkar

Mini object Plaza / © photo Amey Kandalgaonkar


It is an architectural object for exterior use that provides of different resting positions.

It is an architectural object for exterior use that provides of different resting positions.


 ©  photo Amey Kandalgaonkar

© photo Amey Kandalgaonkar


 ©  photo Amey Kandalgaonkar

© photo Amey Kandalgaonkar


Plans and elevations / ©100architects

Plans and elevations / ©100architects


Functional Axon / ©100architects

Functional Axon / ©100architects




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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.