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A Tranquil Nomadic Extension Of The Home; Ben van Berkel / UNStudio present the Ellipsicoon

 

STORY BY: SARAH J. EDWARDS WITH UNSTUDIO

PHOTOGRAPHY BY © REVOLUTION PRECRAFTED

Internationally acclaimed, RIBA winning architect, Ben van Berkel and his team at UNStudio in Amsterdam unveil the Ellipsicoon, a place of rest and retreat, as part of the Revolution Precrafted pavilion series.

 

Created as a tranquil nomadic extension of the home: a detached, secluded space of immersion in nature. The Ellipsicoon was ‘designed and developed digitally, then handwoven by highly skilled craftsmen, the continuous sculptural surface of the pavilion is constructed from strands of 100% recyclable high-density polyethylene (HDPE).’

 

The stunning structure flows gracefully providing a ‘tranquil space for either solitary moments of rest, reading or contemplation, or a cocoon-like theatre for conversation and communication.’

 

“I have long been interested in exploring spaces which extend function to replace the reality of the everyday with the potential for more nuanced, reflective experiences,” states, Ben van Berkel. “The Ellipsicoon offers a place of temporary disengagement, where the practicalities, duties and interruptions of daily life can momentarily fade and the imagination can take over.”

 

‘The curved sides of the structure taper inwards as they rise, enabling the rounded openings to facilitate moments of being simultaneously both inside and outside - physically and intimately connected to the surroundings and to nature, whilst wrapped and enclosed by the soft, continuous curves of the woven structure.’

 

‘Upon crossing the threshold the user stands slightly above ground level, after which a sunken seating area offers enclosed and semi-enclosed space, with built in seating that follows the fluid contours of the space. Here differently proportion elliptical openings frame views to the surroundings whilst providing daylight to the interior.’

 

The Ellipsicoon is limited edition and available to purchase from The Revolution Pavilion

The series project unites over 70 pre-eminent architects, artists and designers from around the world to create limited edition prefab and liveable spaces.

 

Look out for Sarah J. Edwards’ in-depth conversation with Ben van Berkel coming on www.BLAG.london, where the two discuss topics that might just make you change the way you think about how you live.

 

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