Spanish architect firm Selgascano has created a transparent installation that stretches across the entirety of the paved courtyard in the Fondation d’entreprise Martell in Cognac, France.
The first project in France by José Selgas and Lucìa Cano, the installation features a range of transparent materials that reacts with the natural light to create an iridescent effect of the light play.
The strong, watertight material –developed by French brand Onduline– allows for the multifaceted reflections and flexible shaping of the structures. The installation will be a place to host visitors and events, where inflatable seats installed in the structure, attached by straps, will allow visitors to sit, lean, or stretch out in the context of workshops, concerts, presentations, and other diverse occasions.
Opened just in time for the European summer, the Pavillon Martell de Selgascano will be dismantled in 2018.
“We were given an extensive blank canvas and we wanted to set the tone by occupying the entire site with our pavilion, in the hope of inspiring future artists, architects and designers. the second important decision for us was to work with just one material… lightness has been a constant and integral aspect of our work, and we saw this project as a unique possibility to experiment and explore that concept further.” – Selgascano
Launched in October 2016, the Fondation d’entreprise Martell offers a rich and varied program of events promoting local, national and international collaborations.
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