REVOLUTION CHAIR

REVOLUTION CHAIR / VITIA STUDIO: Marco Testi, Sergio Vedovelli / Italy, Verona  / Архитектурный объект / shortlist

REVOLUTION CHAIR

Purpose:   The competition’s target is precisely the in-depth analysis of these terms such cornerstone of social rebirth inside urban frame, carrying on multiple needs: not only an architectural item that upgrades socially unattractive places but a device that get together the meeting opportunity, also between different generation, and the self-building by citizen, without industrial means, work together under the temperate sun of June.

«Невозможно жить в городе, если сам город не позволяет этого, иначе говоря, в городе нет пространства. Пространства, в котором мы отдыхаем, паузы, похожей на тишину среди музыки, ведь не существует музыки без тишины. Территория современного города игнорирует тишину, не позволяя отдыхать и собираться вместе, чтобы жить». Massimo Cacciari in Aldo Bonomi, “La città infinita”

В каждом городе присутствует исторически сложившаяся система мест, пространств, пешеходных и велосипедных связей, предназначенных для занятий спортом или общественной жизни, игр и отдыха. Именно такие общественные отношения, при помощи многочисленных мероприятий позволяют остановить время и игнорировать типичные для большого города места (как например, дороги, машины, небоскребы, индустриальные территории) и вновь открывать «пространства для людей».

Цель конкурса — глубокий анализ проблемы социального возрождения городского пространства, отвечающего многочисленным потребностям. Это не просто трансформация среды, попытка обновить социально непривлекательную территорию города, но и проект-действие, который дает возможность встретиться горожанам разных поколений с целью строительства оригинального непромышленного объекта совместными усилиями.

Концепция «Революционного стула» нова сама по себе и заключается в возможности трансформации системы, которая позволяет устраивать места для сидения разных групп людей, в зависимости от их потребностей, целей и возраста. В то же время всегда можно вернуться к исходной конфигурации. Революционный стул — это еще и осознанное желание реализовать инстинктивное стремление людей к общению.

Представьте такую картину: знаменитые купола ярославских церквей, определяющие силуэт города; или две руки, соединенные вместе, со сплетенными пальцами, символизирующие объединение и защиту. Совмещение этих изображений в окончательном проекте создает единый организм, который является  современной городской мебелью, удобной и гибкой в использовании, архитектурным дополнением в историческом городском контексте, учитывающем потребности жителей и сезон года.

Concept of the project:  The concept of the REVOLUTION CHAIR is the revolution itself, that is the possibility to rotate the system in order to get different way of sitting every time you wish, on the basis of needs, age and uses. In the same time it’s possible to return at the original configuration. Anyway the inspiration of the REVOLUTION CHAIR it’s not only a mechanical concept but stand for the will of realize a quite instinctive sense of sociability, and the form itself it’s the material translation.

Let’s think these images: the famous and numerous cupolas of Yaroslavl churches defining the sinuous skyline; and two hands joined together crossing the fingers in order to symbolize union and protection. The fusion of those images in the final design has created such a living organism, that considering needs and seasons, is an architectural complement in the historical context and also a urban modern furniture, comfortable and flexible to use.

REVOLUTION CHAIR scheme

Technical description: The constructive system is made by three parts: woody structure (the moving one), steel base (that contains the mechanical parts) and platform. The Revolution Chair is made only with wood and steel and its modular structure (each seat module is 67 cm large) makes the building process easier and meanwhile allows to keep the costs under control: we couldn’t know how much costs the materials we need to build a complete pavilion, then we’ve thought to compose a modular structure in order to allows the builders to decide themselves how much to spend about it. 

The estimated cost of the project:  The estimated cost with Italian medium prices every module will cost more or less 300,00 USD (considering only unrefined materials)

REVOLUTION CHAIR /2

«It’s not possible to live the city if the city itself doesn’t allow it this is to say, city gives no spaces. The place is where we rest, it’s pause, it’s similar to silence in music, and
there is no music without silence.

Post-metropolitan land ignore silence,
doesn’t allow to rest and gather together to live».

Massimo Cacciari
in Aldo Bonomi, “La città infinita”

REVOLUTION CHAIR details

THE REVOLUTION CHAIR

Therefore it is the “place to rest” the principal target and, by the way, the revaluation of those urban spaces that can offer it. But which are the qualities a “place to rest” should have? Probably most of people would imagine a lonely bench in the middle of a park, or the shadow of some fowered trees at the border of the main square, or a friend’s bar table, where sitting together and say hello to other consumers. So an open space, a closed one, separate by nature things or persons, recognizable and maybe comfortable?
All these details do every space a possible personal “place to rest”, according different way of thinking, and different value of the quality of life in urban context. Every city has, historically, a system of places, spaces and paths to walk or cycle, dedicated to sport or social activities or games, relax and rest zones. It’s exactly the gathering and the social attitude, through out multiple activities that allows to stop time and ignore the common metropolitan places (like highways, car, skyscrapers, industries) and rediscover human-like- places.

The competition’s target is precisely the in-depth analysis of these terms such cornerstone of social rebirth inside urban frame, carrying on multiple needs: not only an architectural item that upgrades socially unattractive places but a device that brings together the meeting opportunity, also between different generation, and the self-building by citizen, without industrial means, work together under the temperate sun of june.

REVOLUTION CHAIR construction

The concept of the REVOLUTION CHAIR is the revolution itself, that is the possibility to rotate the system in order to get different way of sitting every time you wish, on the basis of needs, age and uses. In the same time it’s possible to return at the original configuration.

Anyway the inspiration of the REVOLUTION CHAIR it’s not only a mechanical concept but stand for the will of realize a quite instinctive sense of sociability, and the form itself it’s the material translation.
Let’s think these images: the famous and numerous cupolas of Yaroslavl churches defining the sinuous skyline; and two hands joined together crossing the fingers in order to symbolize union and protection.

Both were strong ideas for us, the first one suggested by the well-established identity of the place, decisively contaminated by the powerful presence and the sweet design of its towers; the second one taken like ideal and technological target, because it is a immediate and authentic representation of union, state of mind, sociability, comfort and protection.

The fusion of those images in the final design has created such a living organism, that considering needs and seasons, is an architectural complement in the historical context and also a urban modern furniture, comfortable and fexible to use. Some social benefits deriving from the installation of a similar device, like a symbol of “a place to rest”, will be the start of new socializing processes and interaction between younger and elder generations. Children will use 100% of the structure potential – for instance like a big toy, or a house to meet each other… — adults will take rest from the desired sitting position, older people and people with handicap will find pleasant shadow during summertime and shelter in cold winter days.

REVOLUTION CHAIR elements

TECNOLOGY

The constructive system is made by three parts: woody structure (the moving one), steel base (that contains the mechanical parts) and platform.

THE WOODY STRUCTURE – it’s done by slices of pine wood in order to compose a module (67 cm long) that can be replicated every time you wish. The woody structure is divided into two parts having independent movement: vertical structure and seat. For assembly the REVOLUTION CHAIR are necessary five components, all made with pine 3,5 cm thick slices. In the project

philosophy we’ve tried to avoid material waste, without giving up the aesthetic of the form. This because we think that a socially useful product should be also a symbol of improved awareness towards nature and environment that people live and share.

Unrefined material measures:

  • –  40 x 200 x 3,5 *cm (vertical component)
  • –  20 x 200 x 3,5 * cm (bigger covering component)
  • –  20 x 150 x 3,5 * cm (smaller covering component)
  • –  35 x 70 x 3,5 * cm (seat component)
  • –  30 x 34 x 3,5 * cm (base component)
    * thick measure is to consider unrefined (3,5 cm) because with the planing will lose 2-3 mm each side: final measure should be 3 cm.

REVOLUTION CHAIR — night view

These components need some other minimal work:
– the vertical component has two holes, with different diameters: in the smaller one will pass the rotation pivot of the entire structure, while in the bigger hole will stand a steel ring (that derives from a cylinder tubular) in order to preserve wood during rotation;
– the two covering components have three small holes where will pass three threading rods in order to fix all the slices to the vertical structure;
– seat component has a hole like a cross in order to move only the seat without moving the entire structure; – base component has a hole too, that coincides with the smaller hole in the vertical structure.

THE STEEL BASE – It’s made by simple rectangular tubular (measures of section: 26x15cm, 67 long). In the extreme sides are fixed two steel shaped plates. These plates cover both the extremity and fix the base to the structure above. The tubular contains a winch that grants the controlled rotation: from the steel base sticks out an hexagonal rod that can be moved with an articulated stick (like those of manual rolling shutter).

PLATFORM – It’s the fixing component of the entire structure and grants statical stability. It’s made simply by T profile steel rods fixed with screws to the steel bases both sides. Each module has two rods, above those there is wood slices pavement.

Authors:

Marco Testi – born in Peschiera del Garda on May 10th 1989. After the diploma of the scientific highschool I decided to going on with my studies and I attended at Politecnico di Milano in 2008, a University of Architecture and Design. I had my bachelor diploma in 2011 with a thesis that analyze the relationship between green and architecture inside cities, in literature, art, history and of course buildings. That work, called Metropolitan Green Landscapes, was done together with my collegue and friend Sergio Vedovelli, with whom I’m here at the Social Revolution Competition 2013. Now I’m going to complete my studies in Milan, where after the bachelor diploma, I started the last two years in Interior Design and Architecture, a master school of Politecnico di Milano. This is my last year, and I’ll hope I get the graduation in early 2014.

Sergio Vedovelli – born in Bussolengo on March 17th 1971. After the diploma in Mechanical Engineering I started to work in this field. From 1995 I follow my first work idea since I was young and I started a Gardening Company on Garda Lake in which I currenty work and manage. In 2008 I decided to improve my knowledge and I attended to University at the Politecnico di Milano, just to follow my passion like a hobby.

Together with Marco, with whom I’ve already worked for the bachelor thesis in 2011, we have taken part to some architectural and design competitions and events:

-First Prize in the Sustainable Building Competition sponsored by Politecnico di Milano (2008)

-Second Prize in the Competition for the revaluation of the historical center of Palazzolo di Sona (2011)

-International Workshop “Furniture Design” in Verona (2011)

-International Workshop “Building with Stone” in Verona and Vicenza, sponsored by VeronaFiere, Politecnico di Milano, Pibamarmi, LIthosdesign, Stone Academy, Marmomacc. (2011)

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