- Jeanne d'Arc on Wheels in Rennes, France
Urban decor plays a huge role in terms of liveability and more importantly of enjoyment of the urban space, irrespective of where on earth it is. The design team of Madrid-based ENORME Studio are fully aware of this; together with Mexican duo Memela, architects Juan Castillo and Miguel Heredia and designer Miguel García, this firm was one of the winners of Next Landmark 2015 with UrbanSpa (link), a low-cost water park in the Mexican city of Chihuahua.
In Rennes, in the church square dedicated to Joan of Arc, ENORME Studio has put together nine benches, each one of which is like a cross between a seat and a one-handle wheelbarrow. Each of these benches rotates around a pole that keeps them fixed in place, providing plenty of different configuration options, and turning the square into a flexible location, an urban living room that adapts to the needs of the users.
The project by ENORME Studio is part of the broader Plan Local d'Urbanisme (PLU - local urbanistic plan) that aims to transform this French town into a sustainable, comfortable and safe city by 2030 and Jeanne d'Arc on wheels is a great example of this new concept of urban space at the service of citizens, which now has a multifunctional plaza with an engaging design.
Authors: ENORME Studio // www.enormestudio.es
Builders: TXP Todo X La Praxis // www.todoporlapraxis.es
Collaborators: Rio Park / Arantxa Satrustegi / Jaime Calahorra / Simon Geneste / Matteo William Salsi / Giovanni Zabanoni
Client: Ville de Rennes
Place: Rennes, France
Photography: Lea Waeytens / Sarah Berthet-Nivon
Date: March 2016