Splashs par Zakarian-Navelet

The parking Polygon Rive Gauche in Béziers, the Marseille architecture firm Zakarian-Navelet conducted a playful scenography and graphics inspired by film noir and comic books. By creating areas of light and shadow, and Zakarian Navelet emphasize the mystery of the place, the dramatize, offering a fantasy story of these underground spaces often staged at the cinema.

On this project, the agency said Zakarian-Navelet:

“In the movies, as soon as you see a parking lot, there are murders, secret briefcase exchanges and that's where Jack Bauer comes in. Underground parking lots are seen as abandoned and aggressive worlds, designed for a customer. unique: the car They hide under a building or a public space, ashamed of their existence.

Today, these places positioned at the bottom of the hold are changing. The theme is no longer the car but the man. Inspired by the work of scenographers or contemporary artists, we seek to offer a rereading of these very standardized places.

In Béziers, under the new Polygone Rive Gauche complex, our support is gray concrete, and our tools: paint and artificial light. We offer a simple and fun intervention: splashs! The whole car park is covered with several graphic layers, and, in places of convergence (halls, escalators, etc.), a large colored splash signals the singularity and plays on the loss of reference points. The floor and the ceiling are treated identically and the space could also work… upside down.

Two colors are used: black for a very raw first basement and red for a more playful second basement. The 1500 parking spaces have been transformed into two beautiful identifiable hypostyle rooms, hostesses of an urban in-between. "

Photos: Celine Michelon

For more information, visit the website Zakarian-Navelet.

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