Paris – In French, les trois-huit are the three shifts of a 24-hour working day. Earlier this year, at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, a permanent art installation titled 3-8 opened to the public.
Used to host educational workshops and talks, the new acquisition is a collaboration between Swiss architect Leopold Banchini, a partner at studio Bureau A, and French art director Laure Jaffuel. After tucking the installation’s services under a raised technical floor covered in 60-x-60-cm synthetic carpet tiles, they tucked an entire ‘office’ beneath it. Sections of the floor can be lifted to reveal a long workshop table with stools, an auditorium with desks and benches, a lounge, small kitchen, garden, cloakroom, storage space, sound system, projector, video-conference area with flatscreen, and an inflatable room for power-napping.
Multitasking effortlessly – the floor becomes a chair, a table, a conversation pit – 3-8 makes multiple references within an austerely minimal space. It turns the Pompidou’s pioneering inside-out architecture right-side-in, making the space it occupies highly flexible and generating its own brand of flexibility.