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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

FROZEN TIME in Basel, Swizeland by DGT architects

 
June 29th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: DGT architects

FROZEN TIME CITIZEN IN BASELWORLD

‘Frozen time’ has been presented for a Japanese watch brand CITIZEN in Baselworld which is the largest watch and jewel industry exhibition in the world. In this year, the main exhibition hall has been fully renewed, therefore all the brands are intended to express their next 4 year’s vision. In order to conceive their brand identity almost all the brands has designed a fully new booth for this year’s exhibition. CITIZEN as a Japanese watchmaker took their approach to represent their brand identity differently in this context. Instead of just renewing entire booth for next 4 years, they have reserved a large reception space to be opened and to present an installation for CITIZEN every year as space to evolve and to express their fundamental identity of ‘Challenging sprits’.

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura, Paris

  • Architects: DGT architects
  • Project: FROZEN TIME
  • Location: Basel, Swizeland
  • Photography: Takuji Shimmura, Paris
  • Client: CITIZEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
  • Program: Installation for Citizen
  • Technical direction: Luftzug, Amsterdam

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura, Paris

  • Producer: ADK, Tokyo
  • Project coordination: Pacteam, Lausanne
  • Construction: Hypsos, Soesterberg
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Dates: 2013
  • Area: 147 m²
  • Type: Private

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura, Paris

DGT has commissioned for the first year installation. First of all, by starting to visit the CITIZEN factory in Japan and discovered a million assembling process as human manufacture and to make it into one object was production of small universe. At the same time, by researching a conception of ‘what is a time?’ scientifically, historically, mechanically, ethnographically, etc. Tsuyohi Tane has concluded a concept of time is ‘Time is Light and Light is Time’.

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura, Paris

A movement plates that were suspended more than 50,000 pieces with 3,000 metal wires. Each of them has carefully positioned in wire with a geometric composition that has 30 different types. And when it constructed on site it is achieved an immeasurable complexity. There are 4 new watches that has displayed along the passage to navigate a space for a visitor to be an actor in the installation. Lighting was programmed with 178 LED dimmable spotlights on the ceiling and 60 spots on the floor to create an atmospheric sensation where notion of time – light are continuously changing or never be the same moment

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura, Paris

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura, Paris

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura, Paris

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura, Paris

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura, Paris

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura, Paris

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura, Paris

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura, Paris

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura, Paris

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura, Paris

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura, Paris

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura, Paris

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura, Paris

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura, Paris

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura, Paris

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura, Paris

Image Courtesy © DGT architects

Image Courtesy © DGT architects

Image Courtesy © DGT architects

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