Spanish architecture practice, DOSIS has created a high network of continuous bubble-like spaces to house KENZO FW-20 show in Paris. Conceived as a temporary space, this structure is ultralight and pneumatic, designed to be configured on-site.
Inspired by the nomadic architecture, the Pipeline is conceived as a living structure, adapting to every situation and location. The structure is a series of inflatable tunnels, acting as one long uninterrupted runway for the models to walk on. The spectators are provided seating in various sections as the models cross their path through the show.
The studio, in the past, had been working towards creating instant cities. The previous works of DOSIS includes another reconfigurable and inflatable structure in London.
“Cities that flow through space-time, moving where society needs them. Before even finishing the degree, at the same university that Peter Cook himself directed, they imagined facades that flew and moved through the city, detached from the building that once held them,” explains the studio. "Architecture is about life, everything else is circumstantial."
Through Pipeline, the studio also addresses the questions around sustainable development. Although made out of plastic, the studio explains that by creating an ultralight pneumatic structure, there is no need for steel or aluminium, lowering the carbon footprint of the project. By creating an ultralightweight structure, they have minimised the energy needed during transportation, compared to a heavier structure of this size.
Moreover, the structure is designed to be reused over and over and at the end of its life cycle, could be converted into objects of everyday use such as umbrella, raincoats or bags, and remaining material can be recycled in specialised plants.
Last February, Paris saw the birth of the latest pneumatic creation of DOSIS; now the world is a latent space, to receive it instantly in an indeterminate time.
Name: Pipeline Installation
Location: Paris, France
Lead Architects: Isabel Collado, Ignacio Peydro, Luis Francisco Núñez, Irache Portillo, Claudia Alonso, Alberto Bandín, Beatriz Sanz
Fashion Show Production: Bureau Betak
Engineering Consultants: Tristan Simmonds, Juan Lastra
Membrane Design and Assembly: Arquitextil – Lastra & Zorrilla
Surface: 1,500 sqm
Membrane thickness: 0.65mm
Overall Membrane weight: 3.5 Tn
Building area: 1,500 m2
Weight - surface ratio: 2 Kg 333 g / m2
Air volume: 4,700 m3
Air flow: 156,000 m3 / h
Photography: Imagen Subliminal (Miguel De Guzmán + Rocío Romero)
Aerial Photograph: DCOMDRONE, Jean-Phillippe Dollet
DOSIS is a laboratory of creative processes founded by Isabel Collado and Ignacio Peydro that is committed to pushing the boundaries of the built environment with innovative architectural solutions. In each of their projects, the design strategies and solutions are a reflection of design research, using practice as an experimentation platform in which architecture navigates a wide scope of design interests that transcend basic pragmatic requirements to achieve extraordinary results. Each project is undertaken as an opportunity to explore creative design methodologies, strategies and solutions, always driving their attention towards the feasibility of building technology, structural systems and sustainable environmental strategies.
DOSIS is a multidisciplinary architecture & design firm with a team formed by extraordinary architects and designers with expertise on architecture, urban design, landscape, furniture & object and graphic design. This holistic approach to design allows the team to tackle each project from a wide range of directions to acquire the best results.
Their projects have been exhibited in London, Geneva, San Francisco, Paris, Denmark, and Madrid and have been awarded with multiple international prizes and awards.