On the site of the former Royal College of Medicine in the middle of Montpellier, France, 1024 architecture (Pierre Schneider and François Wunschel) have created an art installation that serves as the entrance hall and café for La Panacée, an art centre.
Comprised of an oxidized metal structure, bichromated assembly collars, wood and flexible neon lights, 24 Lines is an original work of art, a luminous and organic sculpture that borders the different areas and functions of the art centre as well as offering a friendly environment conducive to meeting, discussion or a break.
To implement the monumental canopy the architects used bichromated assembly collars that, once coupled with the oxidized steel pipes, bestow the “crafted” structure with very unusual aesthetics that echo back to the pre-existing elements of the building. The basic structure is covered with birch panels and punctuated with 24 flexible neon lights, the entire length of the forty-metre installation.
“More than simply a source of light, this series of luminous lines modulates the atmosphere of the room and adapts to the rhythm and activities of the art centre, providing a luminous performance.” says 1024 Architecture. “The slower light sequences are reminiscent of an organic entity (murmurs, respiration…) whilst faster ones are more dynamic, or even mechanical (beats, crackling…).”
Project: 1024 architecture
Artistic designers: Pierre Schneider and François Wunschel
Associated architect: Stéphanie Grimard
Project management: Alban Mallet
Structure – lighting – bar furniture: SIRC
Room furniture: Ciguë
Upholstery: Sidonie Lelièvre
Production: La Panacée, centre for art and contemporary culture – Ville de Montpellier
Photos: © Brice Pelleschi