Competition entry in collaboration with an international design team.
Antepavilion 2018 sees Ouse dress to impress. A party gown, a dynamic outfit - she is venturing into a new stage of her life and we are excited to share this special moment for this retiring work vessel. Where often the world of design is overly serious, “Happy Retirement” unlocks joy and exuberance. A simple, inhabitable intervention sensitively tethers itself to the hardworking retiree.
‘Happy Retirement’ is the embodiment
of a celebratory event, a vision that invites everyone to have fun. Her cargo hold is appropriated as a sensational experience; alien forms gently float above creating an immersive space, a dynamic and articulated enclosure embraces the potential for Ouse’s future.
The proposal’s impact is delicate, using affordable and sustainable materials and methodologies. A floor, constituting plastic crates, will sit upon Ouse’s existing screed, avoiding compromising her existing characteristics.
The walls are to be lined with coloured foam. Above, a majestic formation of floating spheres are gracefully shrouded by a lightweight fabric veil that caresses the surface of the canal.