site subsistance

From April 17th to May 30th, 1999
Military Procurement site - Orleans center





The exposition has largely highlighted young architecture.

Over one hundred projects by some 30 architects have been displayed in an exhibition area of approximately 1,500 sq. m., with each having a show area of about 30 sq.m.

Each architectural team presented several projects, providing their research work and completed designs, along with drawings and mock-ups, videos and transparencies.

Original objects have been hung in special display areas, as well as visual illustrations of the "process" itself, and presentations of the creative-design phases through a multitude of documents and reference works on hand; these emphasise the architect's idiom rather than promoting finished works. Substantial documentation has been accessible via data terminals as well as the Internet site.


A Matrix scenography

Archilab's scenography is, in fact, a virtual framework imprinting itself upon the site. The exhibition space is defined by a set of markings materialising the links existing within the building. This grid arbitrarily applies to the total site, and its spatial organisation is indicated thanks to ground markings directing traffic flows. The matrix forms a network pattern which creates a backdrop for the exhibition and organises generic areas encompassing all the exchanges ­ including cross-checks, analogies, or oppositions occurring among the architectural projects on display. Thanks to this sliding framework, multiple units and autonomous areas are designated which not only separate but also assemble. Archilab's scenography will be composed of these unit-areas, drawn on the ground, to give each architect an individual surface for self-expression.

The general structure is determined by vertical lines on the walls, intersecting with the existing architecture and following down along the ground to provide layout indications enabling each one to locate their spatial markers. This network fills the vacant spaces and stretches into traffic areas, as well as outside, to organise flows. From inside, one can look out into the courtyard to consult its horizontal signage.

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