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The Architecture of Discos at Villa Noailles

The role of discos as a testing ground for architectural innovation is explored in an exhibition at villa Noailles in Hyères, until March 19.

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Text by Nadine Botha

The annual architecture exhibition hosted by villa Noailles in Hyères, this year focuses on discos. A pop-up disco has even been specially designed by Nicolas Dorval Bory
 and installed in the villa for the duration of the show, until March 19.

“Discos are a testing ground for architects: through technological and formal devices,
 they develop an artificial world with a controlled atmosphere that is isolated from the outside,” according to curators Audrey Teichmann, Benjamin Lafore and Sébastien Martinez-Barat.

Projects from France and aboard, dating as far back to the 1960s, are displayed through rare documents; unseen plans, models, photographs, sculptures, graphic works and videos; and photographic series and texts by guests contributors.

Reflections, New York. Photo: Bill Bernstein, 1979. Courtesy Bill Bernstein
Reflections, New York. Photo: Bill Bernstein, 1979. Courtesy Bill Bernstein
The Shelter, structure gonflable mobile, 2016. Architects: Bureau (Léopold Banchini, Daniel Zamarbide). Photography: Dylan Perrenoud. Courtesy Bureau A
The Shelter, structure gonflable mobile, 2016. Architects: Bureau (Léopold Banchini, Daniel Zamarbide). Photography: Dylan Perrenoud. Courtesy Bureau A
L’Hacienda, Manchester, 1982. Architects: Ben Kelly. Image and 3D. Courtesy Ben Kelly
L’Hacienda, Manchester, 1982. Architects: Ben Kelly. Image and 3D. Courtesy Ben Kelly
Le Bar du Régine, Paris, 2008. Architects: Abinal et Ropars. Photo: Milo Keller. Courtesy Abinal et Ropars
Le Bar du Régine, Paris, 2008. Architects: Abinal et Ropars. Photo: Milo Keller. Courtesy Abinal et Ropars
Flashback, Cuneo, Italy, 1979. Architects: Studio 65, Gianni Arnaudo. Courtesy Gianni Arnaudo
Flashback, Cuneo, Italy, 1979. Architects: Studio 65, Gianni Arnaudo. Courtesy Gianni Arnaudo
Reflections, New York. Photo: Bill Bernstein, 1979. Courtesy Bill Bernstein
Reflections, New York. Photo: Bill Bernstein, 1979. Courtesy Bill Bernstein
L’Altro Mondo, Rimini, 1967. Architects: Giorgio Ceretti, Pietro Derossi, Riccardo Rosso. Photographie d’époque, courtesy Pietro Derossi
L’Altro Mondo, Rimini, 1967. Architects: Giorgio Ceretti, Pietro Derossi, Riccardo Rosso. Photographie d’époque, courtesy Pietro Derossi
Altromondo Studios, Rimini. Photograph by Giovanna Silva, 2014 Nightswimming series. Courtesy Chiara Carpenter and Giovanna Silva
Altromondo Studios, Rimini. Photograph by Giovanna Silva, 2014 Nightswimming series. Courtesy Chiara Carpenter and Giovanna Silva
Installation view of La Boîte de Nuit exhibition.
Installation view of La Boîte de Nuit exhibition.
Installation view of La Boîte de Nuit exhibition.
Installation view of La Boîte de Nuit exhibition.
Installation view of La Boîte de Nuit exhibition.
Installation view of La Boîte de Nuit exhibition.

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