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The structure, commissioned by Region Languedoc Roussillon, is located outside a hospitality school in Argeles-Sur-Mer, France. Acting as a typological hybrid of urban design and pavilion, the structure merges different technologies. Named ‘Pleated Inflation’, the structure is meant to provide an additional outdoor area for socializing and interaction. Lightweight and ultra-thin, the self-supported structure’s patterned surface creates partial shade and a pleasant environment for learning.

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Following a similar structural and design logic, another of the firm’s recent projects – Chrysalis Amphitheater in Columbia, Maryland – also broke ground recently. The amphitheater was designed and built in collaboration between MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY, ARUP, design firm Living Design Lab and fabrication company, Zahner., while the engineer for the Pleated Inflation structure was LausED.

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