Sunday, October 17, 2010

Analysis of Banq, Boston.

BANQ, is a restaurant in Boston, Massachusetts that has a very unique interior architecture composed of hundreds of sheets of plywood, all bent and cut into an undulating wave of texture. This wavy texture gives us a feeling that the architect is controlling everything overhead to take advantage of the height and gives a certain flexibility to the ground. To do so, he used hundreds of sections of plywood that he hanged across the length of the restaurant’s ceiling. Each pieces are different in their thickness or forms and the distance between the sectioned woods is variable according to their placement: in the center of the restaurant, the space between the sheets of wood is more important than around the columns, etc… It is said that the interior acoustics of the restaurant are excellent as the hollow spaces between the sheets of plywood dull and buffer the noise. Also, we can find a variation in the thickness of the wood that is also more or less important according to its placement in the restaurant: near the walls, the thickness of the sheet is less important than at the middle or around the wine room and columns. These variations causes a rhythm of compression and release and this is one of the most noticeable qualifier of this restaurant other than its very unique and luxurious design.

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