White Elephant / Jimenez Lai

© Magnus Lindqvist, Kyle D, Eberle & Kamil Krol

Architects: Jimenez Lai
Project Manager: Thomas Kelley
Fabrication: PR&vD, Andrew Akins
Team: , Thomas Kelley, Cyrus Penarroyo, Andrew Akins
Construction Assisted by: Mike Mead, John Stoughton, Anton Bakerjian
Photographs: Magnus Lindqvist, Kyle D, Eberle and Kamil Kroll.

   

© Magnus Lindqvist, Kyle D, Eberle & Kamil Krol

The White Elephant is roughly 10’x10’x10’. It has three basic premises:
1. A building inside a building, somewhere between a super-furniture and a small house.
2. An object that tumbles to attain multiple orientations to blur the qualification plans and sections.
3. An object that is hard on the outside, soft on the inside.

© Magnus Lindqvist, Kyle D, Eberle & Kamil Krol

Its exterior is clad with translucent polycarbonate, and the interior is stuffed cowhide. It tumbles and changes orientation and can flip to eight different stances.

© Magnus Lindqvist, Kyle D, Eberle & Kamil Krol

What is a building that can tumble freely without gravity or fixed orientations, hard on the outside but soft on the inside, and obstructs the continuity of interior spaces like an elephant in a room? This installation is a freestanding micro building / macro furniture that questions projection, inside/outside, rigidity/fluidity and size/scale.

© Magnus Lindqvist, Kyle D, Eberle & Kamil Krol
Cite: "White Elephant / Jimenez Lai" 29 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 31 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=195479>
  • http://none arturo gavalani

    I guess that as an object it works? but what would a realistic purpose be for it?
    Can a struggling family of 6 have this and make there lives easier? I feel like this project was conceived in a vacuum where the typical rules of use and intention don’t apply. It also seems very limited to a certain circle of people that can afford to have frivolous things in there huge empty homes.