In association with ESAD of Reims students : Olympe le Fur, Elsa Maccario, Lucas Ramond, Leila Pile
Van Robaeys Frères
Visit of the Van Robaeys Frères Company, a flax scutching mill situated in the North of France.
Its expertises are the preparation of textile fibers for flax and cotton mills and technical fibers
for insulation and reinforcement of composites.
Drawing : Elsa Maccario
Turborama is a mobile construction which open out as a curtain. It join in accordion allows to open or close a space. The textile wall is extensible to accommodate different heights. It can be settled outside or inside, hanging on the side of houses to create a space intimacy. As a screen wall, it filter the light. It skeleton draws a pattern which dresses the building. The structure enters into dialogue with architecture. Visible from a distance, descriptive color catches the eyes attention. By crossing the wall, light reveals graphic shapes of the structure. It throws moving shadows on the ground in the geometrical lines. The theatrical dimension of the curtain allows to create a scenographic object. It becomes a landmark, redefining spatial borders.
Turborama n°4, 140 x 300 cm, WTC I Northern Quarter, Brussels
90 x 65 x 20 cm, 80 x 50 x 30 cm, 80 x 50 x 30 cm
Turborama n°2, 240 x 300 cm, ERG Gallery, Brussels
Turborama n°3, 300 x 150 cm
Turborama n°3, 300 x 150 cm, WTC I Northern Quarter, Brussels
Turborama n°1, 220 x 100 cm
Between ground sheet and mattress « Turbo Gliss » is «cross-country » object. The flexible mesh creates a strong armor. Plastic pipes come into contact with the ground. It comfort is rudimentary. The object can be settled outside, in a natural environment, on wet sand, dry earth or the grass of garden. Plastic sheath allows to stabilize the object. Thanks to it join and flexibility, it resists hostile and over rough grounds, reflecting the landscape’s relief.
This project finds its inspiration in the building sites invading Brussels. It explores a material from the invisible spaces, the interstices of our houses. The plastic sheath made of polypropylene is used to protect electric cables. It is heat-resistant and can withstand impacts and crushes. This material is low cost,recyclable and easy to transport. In 2018, Polieco - a company which specializes in the manufacturing of pipes - supports the project by supplying the raw material. The pipe which was hidden in walls now shows itself and is transformed into a textile wall. The process of craft manufacturing creates a discrepancy. Plastic sheath is broken down and put back together like a construction set. The rope connects the system. It’s used for its resistance, elasticity, to make «a whole» from separate elements. Each material remain intact. Nothing is definitely fixed, textile surfaces can be unlaced then reused. Objects are customized products to conform to the architecture of the place. Their behavior gives notions of mobility and flexibility. In the 70s, architect and sociologist Yona Friedman imagines spatial cities made up of mobile structures in which the user himself designs his own built environment. On the trail of these utopias, the project is guided by ecological and social values. The economical use of resources and recovering material falls within this philosophy of poverty. Objects question the limits of a building material and its issues in today’s architecture.