HEXA STRUCTURES :: “This construction system is cheap and produces zero waste, and installs the possibility of adaptation and co-creation of a design on site, due to its modular nature. It can thus provide infrastructure for different functions: an event stage, an exhibition space, an urban bar, a public space reappropriation tool, an urban camping dormitory, and many more.
photo michael lefeber
Hexa Structures is the current state-of-affairs of a prototyping culture, in which the architectural design process goes through phases of prototyping, and iteration, with different volunteers and functions.
BC studies and Michael Lefeber have designed “Hexa Structures”, which are reminiscent of hexagonal honeycomb structures, and which can be read as a metaphor for answering to infrastructural needs of “busy bees”(…)” (more ::http://www.domusweb.it/en/architecture/2013/09/13/bc_studies_michael_lefeber_hexa_structures.html
photos :: michael lefeber & sebastien normand
FROM THE ARCHITECTS ::
” In cooperation with Michael Lefeber, facilitated by MyCityLab and Yes We Camp Marseille.
Context – Today, the phenomenon of ‘informal actors’ is influencing the agenda of urban planning and urban politics by means of temporary reappropriation and animation of indeterminate spaces.
In ‘Marseille European Capital of Culture 2013’, YES WE CAMP! organizers want to install an urban camping on an indeterminate ‘no-man’s-land’ in the centre of Marseille, powered and crowdfunded by locals and like-minded international peers. With valuable and considerable energy, they create the conditions – as urban planners try to do – for a non-planned, spontaneous urbanity.
The mere fact of it being a temporary project driven by momentum, allows YES WE CAMP! to be a laboratory for urban forms of nomadism, with travelers coming from all over to settle temporarily in the city’s public space, intuitively searching for enjoyable new ways of living multi-place lives.
Project – Like a bee colony, urban peers are working together towards a shared goal that sustains our generation. Collectivity is the golden word. BC studies and Michael Lefeber have designed, together with the nice people of YES WE CAMP!, “Hexa Structures” for urban camping. They are reminiscent of hexagonal honeycomb structures, and can be read as a metaphor for accommodating “busy bees” traveling out and coming back again. Hexa Structures is the current state-of-affairs of a BC studies prototyping culture for accommodating a new breed of urban nomads, and builds further upon the experiences of the “urban spaceship” in 2012 in Brussels, Belgium. Hexa Structures has following properties:
Hexa Structures is modular – Its design enables to adapt, extend and transform the structures and lets them evolve from singular structures to polyvalent structures, facilitating design on site, on time. This modular concept facilitates co-design, flexibility and adaptability.
Hexa Structures allows for a joint architectural performance – Hexa Structures are easy to build with non-skilled people alike, due to their standardized and optimized elements consisting of wooden palettes and steel Layher scaffolding. Constructions can be fast and easily mounted using low-tech fastening techniques. In the right conditions, a whole camping facility for hundreds of people can be built in a very short time. Breaking it down takes even less time. In both cases, it is an energizing activity, bringing peers together, and creating momentum.
Hexa Structures is conceived as an absolutely no-waste design – after serving its temporary function, the standardized elements can disappear again in the logistic and the construction industry cycles, leaving no construction waste whatsoever on the ground it was built on.
Hexa structures is an almost global design – everywhere where you find industry, you find the components to build Hexa Structures, and after use, they disappear in the local industry.
Hexa Structures is not a ‘building’ in the strict sense – and this fact facilitates the legal use of it in public spaces. It doesn’t leave any trace on the ground it was built on, after removing, so it isn’t subject to “Property laws” commonly used in Europe.
Hexa Structures, finally, is a social space – it hosts the ever-changing, fluid, temporary interrelational contacts it creates between peers, whether traveling, or constructing, or chilling or sleeping in the Hexa Structures. Hence, no form or aesthetics was considered, and the beauty of the structures lies in the apparent expression and facilitation of the way of living of this new breed of urban nomads.
Architects: BC studies with Michael Lefeber
Design team: BC Studies & Michael Lefeber, Construction system, Michael Lefeber, Interior, Eric Pringles & Inéha Costerousse
Structural engineering Consultancy: Ken Spranghers
Construction supervision: Michael Lefeber & Jago Meert
Client: Yes We Camp, Marseille
Facilitated by: MyCityLab
Built area: 400 sqm + landscape
Design phase: March 2013
Construction phase: April 2013 – June 2013
BC studies :: BRUSSELS COOPERATION — ARCHITECTS and STUDIES. Working on buildings, in public space, and with Belgian, Ethiopian and Burundian people. Alimenting architectural practice with action-based research.