Pipeline for Kenzo

DOSIS
Paris, France

A pneumatic creation designed by DOSIS studio for KENZO during Paris Fashion Week last February.

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On the morning of February 26, 2020, Felipe Baptista Oliveira presented his first autumn winter collection as creative director of KENZO in the V district of Paris. In the same place where the Romans once settled, René Descartes alternated thoughts of geometry and philosophy, Pierre and Marie Curie strolled while discussing their point of view on radioactivity, or the Situationists practiced la derive, two young Spanish architects, Isabel Collado and Ignacio Peydro, made sure during the last week of February 2020 that the itinerant and instantaneous architecture they had created worked properly for the event that was being produced for Kenzo. Places remain and time flows. Maybe not. Isabel and Ignacio have long been determined to make instant cities, inspired by those imagined by Peter Cook for Archigram. 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. Underneath are concrete benches and six mounds evoking the rolling ground on which elephants romp around to cool their body temperature and protect themselves from insects. The soil used to form these humps, reinforced with basalt rocks, comes from excavating a pond where rainwater is collected for 200 mammals to drink. The perforated tower stands 28 meters tall on an oval footprint. Its concrete structure clad in clay bricks contains a steel staircase. The museum presents walls of clay brick that crisscross, curve, slant, and rise to different heights, forming courtyards opening on to four exhibition galleries that tell of the community’s thousand-year-old culture.

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