Jury prize

Shelter, Geneva

Designed by: Daniel Zamarbide and Leopold Banchini
For client: BSA/FAS (Bund Schweizer Architeckten/Fédération des Architectes Suisses/Federazione Architetti Svizzeri) Floor area: 29.00 M² Year of completion: 2016
Awarded: Bar of the Year Jury

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About the project

Architecture seeks the underground, searches for new territories under the skin of the earth. Bachelard woke up the right to the unconscious spatial exploration of the underground through the figure of the cellar. Virilio unveiled the potential of semi-buried architectures in his Bunker Archeology. Colomine brought up to light the hidden architectures and psychotic strategies of the American society during the Second World War in her book Domesticity at War.

The underground fascinates and completes the hygienic and panoptical world of the over-ground. For one night, the black hole of a neat and well-organized society is revealed as a potential for distortion, a potential of let-go and provoke, with a slight smile, the unsaid and the sweat. The mysterious black vessel lands in the modern space of a highly engendered concrete vault; a great spatial condition to explore the corners of what is hidden.

The temporary shelter installation is a dark inflatable bar with a DJ. The whole structure as well as the interior furniture is made out of black PVC membrane. When the party is over the installation is deflated and transported to another location.

What’s unique about it

Temporary installations have positively been activated quite a lot the past years. A great number of pop-up bars and restaurants have appeared and disappeared in cities, providing a sense of surprise that the more perennial design struggles to achieve. Given the importance and intensity of such interventions, it is also the task of design and architecture to provide with distinctive, creative and innovative answers.

Daniel Zamarbide (Bureau) with Leopold Banchini have developed, with a great love for the ephemeral, for those intense moments of architecture and design where the gathering of a temporary community is intensified by the fact that it will not last, giving to the experience a particular taste. This project, the shelter, was a one night project. Like a one night stand. The space was dark, ungraspable, curve, and plastic. It has been thought and experienced by a reduced number of people confronting directly themselves to the DJ, the sound, and the drinks.
Places like this, moments of design like this should invade cities and interiors, to create unique social moments where design has the power to gather people on very special conditions, potentially enhancing their communitarian experience.

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Credits:
Daniel Zamarbide (BUREAU) / Architect

Leopold Banchini Architects / Architect

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