BUILDING THINGS OUT OF CARDBOARD – WHY NOT? IT TURNS OUT THAT CARDBOARD HAS A LOT OF ADVANTAGES AND IS PREFERRED TO TRADITIONAL BUILDING MATERIALS. IT IS EXTREMELY CHEAP, LIGHT, RESISTANT, EASY TO CUT, AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST – IT CAN BE RECYCLED MORE THAN ONCE. THE POSSIBILITIES OF ITS USE ARE BEING RESEARCHED BY TWO DESIGNERS WHO USE DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES IN ORDER TO CREATE A CREATIVE WORK ATMOSPHERE FOR TWO ADVERTISING AGENCIES -ONE IN FRANCE AND ONE IN THE NETHERLANDS.
An industrial hall in Paris with an area of 160 nf must be turned into an office. Paul Coudamy (Beast studio) has at his disposal only 5 weeks and a minimal budget to create a unique creative environment for 20 people. Coudamy is faced with several problems. First, he has to find a suitable way of dividing the space for the separate teams. The client expects him to come up with an alternative to the traditional book shelves and to provide a lighting system that goes along the whole of the polycarbonate ceiling. The designer must cope with the acoustics that the metal ceilings create in the spacious open room.Because of the tight deadline, the low budget, and the client’s wish to find just a temporary solution, Coudamy decided on cardboard as the main building material. The whole office is built with water-resistant, spongy 4cm- thick cardboard. The interior is constructed with no additional structures. For only seven days.
The bookshelves are inside of several layers so that they can be stable enough. The meeting room is built only by gluing and folding. The work places are dynamic and thanks to the modular elements, rooms of ceilings create in the spacious open room. The execution; Because of the tight of different size can be set apart.As for the lighting, the designer again chooses a cheap but effective solution.
The handles of several white umbrellas were attached to the ceiling and light bulbs were placed above them. The umbrellas and the cardboard make the acoustic not so bad but the only effective way of coping with the problem is sound-proofing. The solution is a small room for two to six people – something between a phone booth and a confession room. It provides quietness and a chance for being on one’s own, while at the same time fits perfectly in the interior.
A functional and flexible space, which is constructed quickly and easily, and the main material used has been recycled and there is the opportunity for this to be done.