Lausanne Rue Saint-Laurent / Bel-Air
The staircase of St-Laurent's church, due to its position at the intersection of Halimard Street and St-Laurent Street is used by the passersby to sit down, discuss and rest for a while. This non-conventional use of the stairs inspired us the idea of an adjustable table useable on those stairs. The goal is to improve the useful space for these people. Our element can also be used on a flat surface: The three tables become two benches. It is construct in a way that the table is adaptable to the needs of the users by changing its shape and filling the space in different ways.
ADAP-TABLE on the Saint-Laurent's church's stairs (1:1)
Example of the element organized in two facing benches that create an intime space (1:1)
Table on a flat surface (1:10)
Table on the stairs (1:10)
Model of ADAP-TABLE on stairs and on a flat surface (1:10)
It can be completely disassemble in order to be easily carried elsewhere and reconstructed in the shape that is needed for the new place.
Assembly details (1:5)
Structure and assembly details (1:1)
The element can change its shape to respond to the needs of the users and adapting itself into different spaces.
Different set-up of the element (1:1)
Models of our element on stairs (1:10)
The idea of the structure where the legs and the plate of the table would connect came to us after trying to fix the legs directly on the plate.
First idea of a leg fixing itself on the plate (1:1)
The element is made of different parts in order to add or remove some units. It allows the table to take the shape we want it to be. We can also imagine it multiplying itself creating in this way something that looks like a pattern
Shape of the element (1:10)
First attempt to construct height adjustable feet for our element (1:1)
What is a table ? What is its interaction with people ? We focused on the relation of the element into space and the way it is used by people, trying to keep it the most functional possible.
Conference Table at the Potsdam Conference - U.S. National Archives
Models of different functional tables (1:20)
A window is an opening in a wall, door, roof, or vehicle that allows the passage of light and, if not closed or sealed, air and sound.
Observing the site allowed us to have a more precise idea of the spacial interaction of our element in the urban site and broadened our understanding of the proportions, scales and factors in play. Having a 1:1 border defining the space generated by the element put forth how people would move within and past a new, alien structure.
Different spaces between the boards for different purposes. The bigger openings are on the right panel, which is heading to the south and is expose the most to light. They are at the hight for a person sitting at the table and for a person standing. The openings one side lead to close the other side that is exposed to the street.
Groove and axes
The shape of the window is an isosceles right-angle triangle. Our project is located on the pavement orthogonally to the road. This allows two perpendicular view axes from the interior of the element.
From one of the two cathetuses the light entering from the outside is brighter, while from the other side, the light is reduced. Playing with the different spaces between the horizontal boards amplifies the amount of light penetrating.
Our first aim for this project was to find a way to give the window the ability of changing the degree of opening and consequently the amount of light, air and sound.
We also wondered about interiority and exteriority. Indeed, as long as a window is an opening in a wall, the interior and the outside are defined. When the window is separated from its frame, the inside becomes indistinguishable from the outside.
-Door: A door is an opening that allows the passage from one place to the other. When open, doors admit people, animals, ventilation, and light.-
Our needs are combined to the daily use of elements, the door is in a straight forward relation with the body and the use of space. We've analyzed the flexibility of use by exploring the motion of the door, through different openings and direction it could give in relation to the person opening it. The element’s physical proportion is connected to building elements such as arcades and has a straight relation to them, does passing trough a door mean that we are "inside"?
Exploring the idea of inside/outside as well as private/public through the element of the door under arcades.