Spatial installations transform the former home of a notorious bishop, now an international research center in OrlÃ©ans, France.
Details: Recently reconstructed, the 17th century building now functions as an international research center at the University of OrlÃ©ans (one of the oldest universities in France).
For the project, Studio Makkink & Bey developed a series of spatial installations that transform the historic HÃÂ´tel chambers into lively public spaces. Carpets and curtains create rooms within the room. Antique pieces are scattered throughout, reflecting the past, and new furniture by PROOFF “inspire and stimulate the functions of today and tomorrow.”
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Photos: MinistÃÂ¨re de la culture et de la communication / Drac Centre, FranÃÂ§ois Lauginie, Studio Makkink & Bey.
“Invited by the The French Artistic Nationale Commission Makkink & Bey furnished the main room as well as 23 working/meeting rooms of HÃÂ´tel Dupanloup by creating eclectic three dimensional collages of furniture; amongst others PROOFF Worksofa’s, EarChairs and SideSeats in new colourschemes, a ‘Dupanloup chair- and table’ specially designed for the project, antique pieces of furniture, a special edition of the Tree trunk Bench and re-designs made of Ikea furniture by students of Ãâ°cole SupÃ©rieure d’Art et de design d’OrlÃ©ans that participated in a summer workshop with Studio Makkink & Bey.
Carpets and curtains outline the reprogrammed spaces and introduce a new heraldy that narrates about the content of the local archives (such as from the local Fine Art Museum, the Frac Centre and the House of Jeanne d’Arc). The spirits of the past and present are merged and create rich contexts for researchers -and visitors of the International Research Center of the University of OrlÃ©ans to meet- and work in. Even when not in use these ‘room in a room’ interiors are intriguing spatial still lifes that portray several layers of time, or as Director of Cultural Affair of the Centre Region Sylvie Le Clech describes them; ‘A treasure hunt across centuries’.
The project will be finalized in September 2014 with the opening of the building and launch of a publication about the project development en renovation.”