JCDecaux and Mathieu Lehanneur won the call for projects of the City of Paris dedicated to smart furniture with Escale Numérique, a rest oasis connected and accessible to all. Installed on the Rond Point des Champs-Elysees, the Escale Numérique is a resurgence of underground fiber optic network which now irrigates the capital "Like the Wallace fountains that offer Paris since the late 19th century drinking water Free circulating beneath their feet, the Escale Numérique fact benefit all, as a public service, high-speed WIFI connection in the making go from the basement to the surface "
For his first project of urban equipment, Lehanneur devised a protective shelter to the green roof, as "a garden on some trunks" and thought to be as beautiful seen from the ground as a balcony. Swivel seats, high performance concrete, are equipped with sockets and tablets are the elbow, a book or a computer. A large format touch screen provides all the updated city services: guides, information and augmented reality for tourists and visitors disconnected. L'Escale Numérique reveals the outpost of a new range of urban architecture dictates where the virtual form of reality to live with increasing fluency.
This project is an excellent example of the way new technologies can be harnessed to connect the user with a wifi network in a natural and beautiful setting, whilst also being situated in the heart of a busy city. It reflects the values of technobiophilic design by connecting our digital lives to the natural world so that we can feel and perform better.
Designer: Mathieu Lehanneur
Photos: © Felipe Ribon