ARIUM - ISCID 2003
Initiated by Stylepark
The inner courtyard of the former Ernst-August-Karrée, located next to Hanover’s central train station, was revamped to host the opening of the Designers World Conference. Stylepark initiated the cooperation between Nya Nordiska and J. MAYER H. for this international event, which was held in the summer of 2003. “-Arium” is a colorful, temporary makeover of the glazed atrium for approximately five days. A light fabric installation transformed the high, light space into an intimate communication landscape, making it a lively spot for parties, relaxation and informal conversations. A fabric roof is installed at a height of approximately 4 meters; its surface is perforated with various, round holes, parsing the space into lighter and dimmer areas with daylight and spotlights at night.
The floor and ceiling element are conceived as a positive-negative-sandwich. The holes in the ceiling are echoed in the round chairs and couches below. They are the inverse counterpart to the textile roof—like dots fallen from the ceiling. These fabric circles are filled with straw. Yet the design is also a sensitive reaction to the existing design of the inner courtyard, with fine-tuning leading to slight alterations in the design principle. The palm penetrates one of the holes, indicating the airspace above. Individual pillows were shifted to the corresponding ceiling holes to accommodated internal structural elements, smaller trees and the fountain, which resulted in a more interesting composition.