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ELLIPSICOON DI BEN VAN BERKEL / UNSTUDIO
Ellipsicoon, UNStudio, Ben van Berkel, Revolution Precrafted


A place of rest, retreat and mindfulness, the Ellipsicoon creates a tranquil nomadic extension to the home: a detached, secluded space of immersion in nature.

Ellipsicoon, UNStudio, Ben van Berkel, Revolution Precrafted

Inside-outside, light and shade, open and closed, the Ellipsicoon offers a tranquil space for either solitary moments of rest, reading or contemplation, or a cocoon-like theatre for conversation and communication. The Ellipsicoon pavilion is a space for the mind, for moments of ephemeral escape, for rumination or for simply being.

Ellipsicoon, UNStudio, Ben van Berkel, Revolution Precrafted

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).

Ellipsicoon, UNStudio, Ben van Berkel, Revolution Precrafted

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.

Ellipsicoon, UNStudio, Ben van Berkel, Revolution Precrafted

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 proportioned elliptical openings frame views to the surroundings whilst providing daylight to the interior.

Ellipsicoon, UNStudio, Ben van Berkel, Revolution Precrafted

Ben van Berkel: “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. 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 Ellipsicoon was designed as part of the REVOLUTION PRECRAFTED transportable pavilion series: Revolution Precrafted Pavilions are collectible structures, whose wide variety of functions are designed to complement existing spaces.

Ellipsicoon, UNStudio, Ben van Berkel, Revolution Precrafted

Project: Ellispsicoon Pavilion, 2015 - 2018
Designer: UNStudio | Ben van Berkel with Ren Yee and Philipp Meise, Peng Wang
Client: Revolution Precrafted, Manila


Ellipsicoon, UNStudio, Ben van Berkel, Revolution Precrafted

Dimension: L m. 5.70 x W m. 4.10 x H m. 2.60
Floor area: sq.m. 15

Materials: woven strands of 100% recyclable high-density polyethylene
Programme: limited edition retreat pavilion

Status: completed

Ellipsicoon, UNStudio, Ben van Berkel, Revolution Precrafted

Credits
Images courtesy of UNStudio  |  REVOLUTION PRECRAFTED
Video courtesy of REVOLUTION PRECRAFTED
Text edit by UNStudio
 
 
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