Cat-À-Tête by Formation Association, Arktura, BuroHappold

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Cat-à-Tête是一个为流浪猫设计的庇护所,同时也是一个可以让人类面对面交谈的S型座椅。这个猫椅将成为人类和猫社会交往活动的共享场所。

流浪猫可以从不同的开口处钻进猫椅内部,以躲避随时可能出现的潜在捕猎者。猫椅的内部空间呈8字形,为流浪猫提供舒适和安全的休息、玩耍和观察外界的场地。

Cat-à-Tête is a feral cat shelter which takes the form of a tête-à-tête, an S-shaped seat allowing face-to-face conversation, the structure of which provides a social framework for cats and humans alike.

Cats enter the Cat-à-Tête structure through various openings, escaping their would-be predators.  The soft, protected interior is spatially organized in a continuous figure 8 circuit offering areas of rest, play, and observation.

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猫椅由柔软、轻质、稳固的环保声学板材制成。这种板材提取自回收的塑料瓶,可以水洗,且在生命周期的末端可回收再利用,同时也不失美观和舒适。

通过参数化设计确定的板材拱肋组合安装在一起,形成了连贯而富有变化的体块。虚实相间的立面为内部空间带来了丰富的光影变化。

The structure of Cat-à-Tête is comprised of a sustainable sheet material typically used for acoustical applications.  It is light, soft, and geometrically stable.  Though possessing the visual and tactile properties of felt,  the material is composed largely of recycled plastic bottles, washable, and is in turn completely recyclable.

Parametrically defined sectional ribs are fabricated from the acoustical sheet material and laminated together, creating a composite structural action across the serial section volume.  Alternating ribs and open slots allow the rhythmic infiltration of light to move across textured interior spaces.

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猫椅的双重使用空间让人类和流浪猫发生了联系,虽然人猫之间并不一定产生直接的对话,但是不断在发生的物种内部的交流也让人和猫在一定程度上产生了共鸣。

这个曾在洛杉矶Herman Miller showroom展出的猫椅是 ‘Architects for Animals: Giving Shelter’展览的一部分,意在为流浪猫打造造型不同但同样安全的栖息地。

The binary nature of Cat-à-Tête’s serial construction points to the binary relationship between feral cats and humans – While the two may not cross-paths when visiting Cat-à-Tête, the structure’s form suggests an on-going inter-species dialogue through repeated binary alternation.

Exhibited at the Herman Miller showroom in Los Angeles, Cat-à-Tête is a collaboration by Formation Association, Arktura, BuroHappold, and contributed to ‘Architects for Animals: Giving Shelter’, an exhibit of architect-designed feral cat shelters.

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Project: Cat-à-Tête
Type: Cat Shelter
Client: Architects for Animals
Team: Formation Association, Arktura, BuroHappold
Location: Los Angeles, CA

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