Arcadia Invited Competition, 2011

Principals: Andrea Di Stefano, Aleksandra Jaeschke | Design team: Nina Radosavljevic, Carla Landa, Salvo Pappalardo

Arcadia Room is a hotel room prototype inscribed in a 4×10 rectangle. A system of interconnected sheets of curved plywood of varying dimensions generates the entire space. Functional requirements, which normally define the form and distribution of discrete pieces of furniture, determine the arrangement and dimensions of continuous plywood strips. Change in size and proportion alters load-bearing and bending capacities of particular elements and consequently implies variation in thickness and radius of curvature.
Use of one single material which dynamically adapts to functional requirements creates a feeling of continuity and introduces a sense of movement into a usually static and fragmented space of a typical hotel room. Natural material properties directly inform the space to become its integral part.

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