Experience a surreal journey in space

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A project about floating, mentally and bodily experiencing a certain state of suspension, in a rather safe space, where the outside is imaginary, evoked, lived uniquely through imagery. From a very interiorized experience one is thrown outside, travelling in and out. Obviously, this was not the brief, but a poetic take on it, on how to create a world from which one can rest and imagine, evocative, abstract yet somewhat graspable. When one closes the eyes, the light that has been absorbed, lived transforms into colors, flashes of that connect with undefined sensations. Connecting realities, perceived in the space but also, most of them, outside of it.

▼项目概览,preview ©Dylan Perrenoud


The spaces in ORIGIN are about the progression towards that state, through colours, materials, living beings (plants) that accompany the experience of floating naked on a highly salted water pod. The work of Shirana Shahbazi was a direct inspiration. The realness of her photography, but also the multiple possible(s) of the spaces that she proposes. What has been proposed is a series of colours that wrap and unfold everything they encounter, opening the book of a space that proposes an insular pause, outside of everything but in a strong interiority.

▼平面图,floor plan ©BUREAU


The progression attempts to fluidly sequence the steps of the user, taking her inside, from a sort of unreal, bi-dimensional image – the show window, or Jeff Wall’s light boxes – to the extreme intimacy of the water pod. Curtains, rails, vertical lines, horizontals surfaces, shelves, long chairs, more lines, tile grid as a guiding measure. All of it contributing to a strong subjectivity of perceptive frames that are altered by other patches of colours, space-holders.

▼第一层次的空间,first-level space ©Dylan Perrenoud

▼长椅元素,bench element ©Dylan Perrenoud

▼多色块瓷砖墙,multicolor tiling wall ©Dylan Perrenoud

▼墙面与绿植细节,details ©Dylan Perrenoud

▼过渡区域,transition zone ©Dylan Perrenoud

▼第二层次空间入口,entrance to the second-level space ©Dylan Perrenoud

▼第二层次的空间,second-level space ©Dylan Perrenoud

▼丰富的元素构成,rich element composition ©Dylan Perrenoud


Within that rather abstract journey, a series of ridiculous figurative elements perturb a possible purity, or integral coherence. Benches, an “objet-trouvé” from early 20th century urban park tradition. And the strangest reversed immorality emerging down from the ceiling, surrealist touch. Forms, colours, objects, living beings, spaces, all of them playfully smile at each other gathered in an intimate, timidly erotic, and calm trip.

▼第三层次的空间(水舱),third-level space (water pod) ©Dylan Perrenoud

▼细节,details ©Dylan Perrenoud

▼夜景外观,external view by night ©Dylan Perrenoud

▼局部轴测图,axonometric ©BUREAU

▼剖面图,sections ©BUREAU

Architects: BUREAU (Daniel Zamarbide, Carine Pimenta, Galliane Zamarbide)
Concept design: Daniel Zamarbide, Carine Pimenta
Construction supervision: Carine Pimenta, Jolan Haidinger
Construction drawings and documentation: Marco Pallaoro, Flavio Gorgone, Léo Raphaël, Loïs Weber
Publication drawings: Laëtitia Chauveau
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Context: Spa renovation
Program: Float center
Area: 190 m2
Completion date: 10-2020
Photographer: Dylan Perrenoud

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