La Folìa: a new Classic Design

Function of building: Sun, rain and wind protection, stand-alone outdoor tensile pavilion for terrace or garden
Covered surface: 6.5 x 7 metres

Form of entire structure: fixed rectangular frame in stainless steel with organic textile roof
Short description of the project:

La Folia is the brand new standalone pavilion from the Nomad Concept standard collection. It combines a joyful design sail with a rectangular frame, offering plenty of space. It is an all-round tensile product, designed for a wide variety of applications and very easy to install.

La Folia will be exclusively launched at the renowned international design fair Maison & Objet in Paris in September 2016.

The purpose of the design was to create an autonomous frame with a very dynamic and asymmetric tensile, that everybody can set up themselves. In a later stage, indirect light, sound and wind panels can easily be integrated in the structure.
The name “La Folìa”

The name “La Folia” originates from the historical music La Folia. Since the 15th century, it is one of the most remarkable phenomena in the history of classical music. The very recognisable theme was re-interpreted innumerable times by many famous composers all over Europe, up till today. Lully, Vivaldi, Händel, Bach, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Berlioz, Liszt, Grieg, Rachmaninov, Vangelis (Conquest of Paradise)… all of them have composed music on this very theme.

Literally La Folia means “festive joy” or “revelry” in Portuguese and it has laid the foundations for the current carnival (La Folia de Reis). La Folia has an exciting rhythm, immersing the listeners completely in joy. Architect Amandus VanQuaille of Nomad Concept chose to compose a colourful frame as a ‘musical framework’, to refer to this historical meaning. The proportions of the frame obey to the strict classical rules of the so-called “golden section”. In contrast to this rigid orthogonal structure in stainless steel, he created a free and flamboyant organic form in fine textiles. The delicate and dynamic organic form refers to the female dance movements, while the rectangular framework refers to the male world. It is exactly in the contrast of both, that beauty originates. This musical theme – the contrast between 2 apparently opposite elements that merge together – is the architectural base for La Folìa.


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