This is the LOT-EK 747 SP. Well, not exactly, but I had the idea to to tag this LOT-EK with a certain number plus some types to set its capacities. This building looks like it is designed in the spirit of Future Systems who makes slick could-be-mass-produced-but-are-still-architecture prototypes. But this is not such a product of model airplane collector Jan Kaplicky, this is actualy very close to gefundes fressen. And beiing a part of a serie-build product, mass resue would be a very good option as well. See for instance LOT-EK’s propostion for the New Jalisco library, Mexico*. These former flying objects have become architecture trouvé: objects fitting the spot. Or to be more specific for this location: a plane on a slope.

The now ground based space, is an 80 foot long section of a Boeing 747 fuselage. It’s a cut between the main wings and the tail. The aluminium hull is placed on a sloping site on the University campus overlooking Lake Washington, which gives it a bit of a taking-off atmosphere. The section is transformed into a student pavilion and fitted for work and leisure.

The floor is made of gritting filled with transparant raisin, in that way the fuselage can be experienced as a hull. A rotation floor/seating system takes advantage of the space underneath the floor, the former lower freight hold. The floor can be adjusted to different kinds of use. A flat surface to give a party, rows of seats to have a theater, a kind of lay- and sit-ons for a lounge and because the floor consits of segments: a mixture. Ethernet and power are provided to all seats to allow students to plug in their laptops. When it would have been build the package could be an all-inspiring take-off for a future career at a certain local company, named Boeing.

LOT-EK architects

Students Pavilion (2000)

Boeing 747 fuselage

University of Washington, Seattle




www.future-systems.com – Jan Kaplicky

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