Year: 2011 | Type: Junior Year Design Studio | Location: Paris, France | Team: Sarah KASPER
Established in 1979, VIA (Valorisation de l’Innovation dans l’Ameublement) [Valorization of Innovation in Furnishing] has earned an international reputation for revealing young talents and enabling designers with international standing to do design work in habitat and furnishing. The Centre [VIA] Designer Center and Exhibition Hall provides an additional site in the 18th arrondissement of Paris for artists and designers to exhibit their work as well as provide and attend lectures and workshops in the fine arts. The building’s form combines the idea of continuing lines from the existing façades through to the new building’s floorplan and elevation with concepts of: intersection of artistic ideas, brought about formally through the intersection of spaces; and progression of an artist’s career, brought about formally by the sequence of movement and the viewer’s experience of an art exhibition. The building’s program consists of three main exhibition spaces, two outdoor terrace exhibition spaces, a café and administrative and storage spaces, as well as an added program of an artist’s studio and workshop space.