suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
Dumene COMPLOI: in the contemporary architectural process the technique of the dissolving surface into a three dimensional continuous structural space, highlights the challenge of environmental enclosure. using the department store as a testing ground, the approach focuses on a smooth transition between structure and skin in scale and material, in order to allow the creation of an environmental enclosure that in certain areas creates spatial poche.
in the history and development of the department store and the relation between street and storefront for the pedestrian, paris has always played an important role, especially since the time of the first arcades in 1820. in the new “colette” the sidewalk becomes part of the building when gradually merging and slowly being encased in it. voyeuristic experiences are discovered through slow transitions of alternating envelope conditions. directional perforations through the subtly adapted and arranged three dimensional structure generates views related to phenomenal branding effects. the same effects in transparency are strictly connected to the structural depth and linked to the building’s circulation, which lies beyond. the project deals with varying surface articulation specifically related to differing volumetric conditions. this is accompanied by the experiment to obscure the surface information and create the effect of randomness, yet being 100% precise.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
dC: richard neutra, frider nake, the culture and lifestyle of “colette” and the beauty of nature
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
dC: the arcades project, hot chip, cocorosie, herbie hancock, loic prigent’s “marc jacobs & louis vuitton”
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
dC: kris van assche, casey reas, golan levin, marc jacobs, t. yoshioka, y. yamamoto, tara donovan, bonnie collura, anish kapoor