Visitors to the LAUFEN showroom in the First District during VIENNA DESIGN WEEK 2020 marveled at a star-shaped object. The installation consisted of 186 ceramic pipes radiating outwards from a static hollow sphere. The seemingly crystalline object with a total diameter of 2,700 millimeters was specially created for the Architecture Biennale in Venice that, due to corona, is not to take place until 2021. To mark its presentation during the festival, the star, which was designed by LOVE architecture and urbanism, was overlaid with projected light (the work of OchoReSotto) that immersed it in a continuously changing sequence of new atmospheric levels of meaning. LAUFEN has been convincing visitors to VIENNA DESIGN WEEK for years with its wonderful objects and their combination of craft, art, and design. N186 continues this enriching tradition: With a simultaneous mix of fragility, stability, centrality, spectrality, and explosiveness that is determined by the play of light, the object combines various aspects of architectural creativity: concept, material, design, technology, and the precise realization thereof.
The project N186 was created as a cooperation between LAUFEN (production), LOVE architecture and urbanism, OchoReSotto (lighting design), and Conversory (internet presence), and was conceived for the Architecture Biennale in Venice.