From September 2017 onwards, the Koz agency will work with users towards the co-creation and designof new furniture destined to fulfil new uses in sports venues. This project is set up with the support of the Directorate of Architecture and Heritage, along with the Directorate of Youth and Sports of the City of Paris.
The recent completion of the Suchet Stadium by the Koz agency, helped highlight that Parisian gymnasiums, as well as the sports activities taking place there, are home to diverse informal practices. For instance, they often become a place to finish one’s homework.
Staircases, corridors, tablets or windowsills are regularly used for these activities. Koz suggests bringing together volunteers in a workshop (school kids, sports associations, Directorates of Youth and Sport) willing to co-design furniture to provide an answer for these new uses.
The workshop will be lead by the KOZ agency to bring to the foreground desires and ideas they can guide towards the development stage of real products. Prototypes will be created on a 3D printer or laser cut by the agency or in partnership with a Parisian Fablab. The form of workshop experiments can be multiple and have proved their capacity to produce real, creative and innovative short-term results.
The results of this workshop will be published on a web site and/or Facebook page that will retrace the entire process. They will then end in the realization of a small series of furniture / objects intended for daily use. The first creations could be installed in the Suchet gymnasium.
The creation of model "1" could be finalized by the KOZ agency in partnership with a wood specialist or a vocational college which would make its offcuts and a digital cutting machine available for the actual realization. A small team of voluntary children could then finalize the assemblies to end with a finished product.
Since 1999 KOZ, created by Christophe Ouhayoun and Nicolas Ziesel, has participated in more than 100 competitions and calls to tender and has more than 30 inhabited projects today. Heirs to the war on waste and globalization, they are campaigners for an expressive, joyful architecture, and are esthetes of social and environmental innovation.
the Department of Heritage and Architecture of the City of Paris
the Directorate of Youth and Sports of the City of Paris