|Project Name||The BIC Cristal Structure||Posted in||Art, Installation||Architecture Practice||AAU Anastas|
In collaboration with Landolf Rhode Barbarigos and Yann Santerre.
Prepare to be completely awe inspired by the simple BIC pen. An incredible 24 sqm pavilion, made up of 10,000 BIC pens, has been created by AAU Anastas, Yann Santerre (REVEL) and Landolf Rhode-Barbarigos for the International Association for Shell for the Spatial Structures (IASS) symposium held in Amsterdam in August 2015 at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. This astounding structure, featuring an experimental catenary form, showcases the potential of everyday objects and questions modern day ideas around wastefulness and reusability.
There are few things as exciting as when creatives challenge our perspectives and encourage us to perceive things in fresh new ways. At a time when careless consumption is causing unmitigated damage to global environments, it is refreshing to take more than a second glance at objects that are regularly discarded. Looking up at the amazing formation of the BIC structure, you are both confronted and encapsulated as you struggle to believe that such a bold yet delicate construction could consist of just ordinary pens. The designers explain; “The BIC Cristal pen was obviously not designed to be implemented structurally. However, it has mechanical and aesthetic properties that could change its function.”
Supported by Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de la Ville et des Territoires – Marne-la-Vallee, this project is a total rethink in regards to building materials and recycling. From the offset it was a highly ambitious design, but the fabrication team of architects Margaux Gillet, Yousef Anastas, Elias Anastas and Yann Santerre took on the challenge of constructing this incredible vision and the result is mind blowing. The structure is currently in Paris, with plans to be exhibited again in the future.