A long staircase along Bel-Air Tower bridges a height difference of four storeys connecting Lausanne city centre with new Flon area. Despite its central position, the place has been forgotten and has become inhospitable, dirty and poorly frequented. Pablo Martínez Díez and Garraux-Carrera arquitectes chose this site to develop the installation “Rebond”. The project aims to rediscover a city latent space by installing a large, lightweight structure that descends along the Bel-Air staircase accompanying citizens and visitors.
Rebond uses glass fiber plates with photoluminescent pigment additives that allow interaction with sunlight. At night, structure becomes luminescent thanks to this simple physical principle, converting solid matter into light.
The installation, one of the winning projects of the competition launched by “Lausanne Lumières” festival, has been an opportunity to explore new technologies and develop this new photoluminiscent material by the hand of the Swiss enterprise SCOBALIT. “Rebond” project, by the lighting-designer Pablo Martínez Díez, has been developed by Garraux-Carrera arquitectes architectural firm specializing in the development of sustainable and ephemeral architecture.
Rebond is sponsored by Ciel electricité / www.cielelectricite.com
Visit Lausanne Lumières Festival from 23th November 2012 to 2th January 2013 / www.festivallausannelumieres.ch
Pablo Martínez Díez / www.pablomartinezdiez.com
Garraux – Carrera Arquitectes / www.gcarquitectes.com