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Shelter Nightclub

  • Shelter Nightclub
  • Shelter Nightclub
     
  • Shelter Nightclub
  • Shelter Nightclub
  • Shelter Nightclub

Bureau A, a Swiss studio, created this inflatable PVC nightclub to host the annual party of the Federation of Swiss Architects.

Named Shelter, the black blow-up building contains a bar and a dance floor, as well as an assortment of inflatable furniture that includes seating, tables and a DJ booth. Neutrals is a set of seven sculptures out of metal, and prints on different kinds of PVC sheets. The images on the prints are taken from screenshots of the TSA’s Instagram feed showing neatly displayed groups of confiscated items, mainly weapons. For documentation, the identity cards of the contraband owners were part of the display, but for privacy reasons they were always blurred up to a point where even the gender or race of the person were no longer discernible. Kruithof took out just those blurred ID cards and printed them on the different plastics.

The metal constructions which the prints are laying or stretched on form the sculptural bodies of a new physical existence, parallel to the original digital existence as images on an Instagram account. The metal shapes appear to have a de-humanised emotionality equal to the imagery added to them.

The underground fascinates and completes the hygienic and panoptical world of the above-ground. For one night, the black hole of a neat and well organised society is revealed as a potential for distortion, a potential of let-go and provocation, with a slight smile, the unsaid and the sweat.

The mysterious black vessel lands in the modern space of a highly engendered concrete vault; a great spatial condition to explore the corners of what is hidden.


 

Designers | Bureau A, Genève, Switzerland 
Place | Bund Schweizer Architekten, Basel, Switzerland 
Technical info | PVC sheets; inflatable PVC