Reframe / Paul Scales and Atelier Kit

© Pierre Berthelomeau

Created by Paul Scales and Atelier Kit for the 7th annual ‘Le Festival des Architectures Vives ’ in Montpellier, France, Reframe explores the theme of ‘surprise’ through the creation of an object that reframes the relation of the visitor to the space, the historic architecture and the other visitors. The festival is comprised of an architectural walking tour through the historic city center where heritage sites are opened up to modern architecture. Visitors experience a shift from the position of observer to observed, from control to controlled and willingly or not, become engaged in a game of surprise and be surprised. More images and architects’ description after the break.

What first appears to be a simple modern cube is gradually discovered to be a more complex structure, through which architectural details, elements and facades are continuously revealed, reframed and reflected. Not only a beautiful and interesting way to contrast modern and historic architecture it also turned out to be very popular with the local kids who discovered that it was also a great object to play in.

© Pierre Berthelomeau

Paul Scales constructed Reframe in their Rotterdam Werkshop and together with Atelier Kit rebuilt it in Montpellier for the festival in June 2012. It is now being stored at the Paul Scales Studio and is available for rent or sale. The project was constructed from 45 sheets of opal-colored 16 mm multi-wall polycarbonate and 16 steel plumbing pipes.

© Pierre Berthelomeau

The project was made possible by a grant from: Stimuleringsfonds voor Architectuur

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Cite: Alison Furuto. "Reframe / Paul Scales and Atelier Kit" 02 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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