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Water Invaders

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AZC is an architectural firm founded by Grégoire Zündel and Irina Cristea in 2001. Their concern is people's happiness, those who live in the cities and apartment buildings, who use public spaces and public transport, and who work in the office buildings that they design.

Architecture must leave room for a bit of freedom, a degree of incompletion. Architectural gestures don’t interest AZC, but they are more interested in, for example, an inflatable pavilion in the courtyard of a very simple building. Their main goal is to make architecture that allows for collisions, unexpected combinations, rather than imposing their mark.

In this artistic project AZC seek to provoke within the community, the question, “what is happening here?” To achieve this, they superimposed strange objects on familiar urban contexts. Their bizarre objects are inspired by the much loved characters from ‘Space Invaders’, the 1978 video game, by Japanese company Taito. The game is simple but strong graphics marked the beginning of the digital era, also bringing the first video game icons with its concept of the extermination of aliens. The creature’s forms consisted of different configurations of one basic element.

This inspired the architects to bring the creatures to the real world using inflatable PVC trampolines as the basic element. The desire to work within a low budget demanded great thinking to create this strong, clear idea which met monetary constraints.

The proposed sites for the installations are: Quai du Wault, Bois de la Deûle, both in Lille and Piscine du Stade Parc Salengro in Bruay-La-Buissière. Positioned at the water’s edge they are designed to attract young and sporty people to have fun and enjoy the sunshine.


Architects | AZC, Paris, France 
Location | Lille, France
Technical info | PVC inflates
Picture credits | AZC