To implement this monumental canopy incorporated by the building, 1024 architecture used bichromated assembly collars that, once coupled with the oxidised steel pipes, bestow the “crafted” structure with very unusual aesthetics that echo back to the pre-existing elements of the building for the benefit of visitors.The basic structure is covered with birch panels and punctuated with 24 flexible neon lights, the entire length of the forty-metre installation.
More than simply a source of light, this series of luminous lines modulates the atmosphere of the room and adapts to the rhythm and activities of the art centre, providing a luminous performance.
The slower light sequences are reminiscent of an organic entity (murmurs, respiration…) whilst faster ones are more dynamic, or even mechanical (beats, crackling…).
Like when Les Grandes Tables on Ile Seguin was fitted out, 1024 Architecture partnered with Ciguë to provide the furniture. The Mullca 510 chair has been revamped by means of a leather seat and back and an oxidized metallic structure. The bases of the bar stools and tables have had oxidative treatment and the stools have bichromated screws.
La Panacée, Centre for Contemporary Culture
rue de l’Ecole de Pharmacie 14, Montpellier
Architect: 1024 architecture
Collaborators: Stéphanie Grimard, Pierre Schneider, François Wunschel, Alban Mallet
Dimensions: 40 m x 8 m x 3.5 m.
Client: La Panacée, centre for art and contemporary culture – Ville de Montpellier
Photography: Brice Pelleschi