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Porte des savoirs by Dietz, Nieveen, Othenin-Girard, ALICE EPFL (CH)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 06.05.2014 - Tagged as: , , ,

Porte des savoirs by Dietz, Nieveen, Othenin-Girard, ALICE EPFL, photo: © Joel Tettamanti

Porte des savoirs by Dietz, Nieveen, Othenin-Girard, ALICE EPFL, photo: © Joel Tettamanti

From EPFL+ECAL LAB & ALICE studio EPFL, an interior research-by-design project in Lausanne that touches on fundamental and critical notions involving our information age.

 

 

 

“Is it possible to create the sensation of bodily immersion from something that is, by nature, rather intellectual such as the reading of text?” asks EPFL+ECAL LAB & ALICE studio. “The context of the project adds yet another dimension: located at the outskirts of the city of Lausanne, at the entry station to the subway line, it aims at our perception of the urban environment.”

 

Porte des savoirs by Dietz, Nieveen, Othenin-Girard, ALICE EPFL, photo: © Joel Tettamanti

Porte des savoirs by Dietz, Nieveen, Othenin-Girard, ALICE EPFL, photo: © Joel Tettamanti

“Entering the city can foster the experience of density in physical spaces, objects and encounters, and likewise stimulate knowledge and information production. Literally streaming information into the public space, the project thus challenges our understanding of such an experience.”

 

Porte des savoirs by Dietz, Nieveen, Othenin-Girard, ALICE EPFL, photo: © Joel Tettamanti

Porte des savoirs by Dietz, Nieveen, Othenin-Girard, ALICE EPFL, photo: © Joel Tettamanti

“In order to create a clear and powerful spatial setup, the project sets forth a simple parameter: the space for information display becomes the entire space available on site, thus bringing the body in direct correlation with the text flow. Porte des Savoirs is playing on the scale and movement of the text flow in critical relation to the perceiver/reader’s body in space.”

 

Porte des savoirs by Dietz, Nieveen, Othenin-Girard, ALICE EPFL, photo: © Joel Tettamanti

Porte des savoirs by Dietz, Nieveen, Othenin-Girard, ALICE EPFL, photo: © Joel Tettamanti

“Through size, speed and movement of the flow of information and the direct visual and physical contact of the observer with the text—as he or she is literally standing on rivers of information—a bodily relation between message sent and receiver is established. In terms of spatial perception, this relation is brought to its radical consequence in that any vertical spatial boundary is dissolved. In a kaleidoscope where only horizontals remain as signs of stability and support, the bands of text travel through an endless space mirroring itself in reflecting surfaces on the floor, ceiling and wall.”

 

Porte des savoirs by Dietz, Nieveen, Othenin-Girard, ALICE EPFL, photo: © Joel Tettamanti

Porte des savoirs by Dietz, Nieveen, Othenin-Girard, ALICE EPFL, photo: © Joel Tettamanti

“By placing this installation at the core of its new experimental agency, project partner Vaudoise Insurance enters a new field of activity,: it provides its visitors as well as passers-by with an interface to a world of news emerging from the different Lausanne-based Universities, who feed content into the installation in real time.”

 

PROJECT DATA
Architect: Dieter Dietz, Rudi Nieveen, Guillaume Othenin-Girard, ALICE EPFL
Interaction design: Nicolas Henchoz, Thibault Brevet, EPFL+ECAL LAB
Client: Vaudoise Insurance
Construction company: Stahl- & Traumfabrik AG
Interactive LED screens: UTRAM Île-de-France (integrator), EKTA Company (manufacturer)
Address project: Croisettes (Epalinges), Lausanne
Year: 2014
Photos: all images courtesy of EPFL+ECAL LAB / ALICE studio EPFL

 

to the ALICE EPFL website

 

to the EPFL+ECAL LAB website

 

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