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Zaha Hadid Design created sinuous digital billboard for a media company
United Kingdom Architecture News - Sep 10, 2018 - 06:12 16087 views
Zaha Hadid Design has created a sinuous billboard for JCDecaux, the brand-first digital media company, to redefine the design language of billboards - providing a unique communications channel in the capital that integrates contemporary design and digital media.
Named The Kensington, Haha Hadid Design's project combines innovative digital screen technology with a double-ribbon of matt stainless steel framing a curved digital screen. The Kensington is located on West Cromwell Road and it is the first billboard design realized by Zaha Hadid Design.
Established in France in 1964, JCDecaux transformed the concept of street furniture and invented the concept of bus shelter provision funded by advertising. Today, JCDecaux provides a range of products and services free of charge to cities and transport authorities across the world, all paid for through advertising.
Developed for the benefit of cities, their inhabitants and visitors, these services include bus shelters, street lighting, public benches, toilets, bins, Wi-Fi hotspots, mobile device charging stations and interactive wayfinding screens that provide practical everyday assistance.
In 2003, JCDecaux introduced one of the world’s first self-service public bicycle hire schemes - Cyclocity - in Vienna. Public bicycles, funded by advertising revenue, are now available 700 cities in over 50 countries.
JCDecaux ensures that their services adapt to society’s changing needs with ongoing integration of technology solutions and the introduction of smarter, greener services and products equipped with photovoltaic panels, green roofs, USB chargers and digital information screens providing real-time and localised information.
"Both a civic gesture and a promotional medium, the intertwined, looped ribbon design expresses the dynamism of pedestrian and vehicle traffic movements that intersect at this important London junction. The stainless steel ribbon twists as it encircles the screen, defining a varying silhouette when seen from different viewpoints," said Melodie Leung, senior associate at Zaha Hadid Design.
"It will be fascinating to see how brands respond to this sculptural digital canvas. This has been a unique collaboration with JCDecaux to develop new possibilities for media platforms; reimagining the billboard as public art," continued Leung.
"Design is at the heart of JCDecaux’s DNA, and we are proud to have worked in partnership with Zaha Hadid Design to bring this exceptional vision for a contemporary advertising structure to London. This project underlines how JCDecaux works with the world’s leading designers to transform cityscapes for the benefit of the public and advertising clients," said Spencer Berwin Co-Ceo of JCDecaux.
"We would like to pay tribute to Zaha Hadid’s commitment to design excellence and to her team for bringing our joint vision to fruition and to thank our launch partners for their commitment to this unique new advertising structure," said Berwin.
"We’re delighted to have Audi and Coty as our first brand partners, using this powerful new platform as part of their launch strategy for the Audi Q8 and CK Women."
The Kensington’s high resolution 8mm pixel pitch screen (26 x 6 metres) will provide visibility and maximum quality of display for brands, framed by the (30 x 9 metres) steel structure.
Set in an area that has been landscaped to enhance the local environment with the planting of trees and greenery, The Kensington features integrated lighting that increase visibility for pedestrians.
Image courtesy of JCDecaux
Zaha Hadid Design Team:
Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
Project Director: Melodie Leung
Project Architect: Carine Posner
Project Team: Evgeniya Yatsyuk, Ovidiu Mihutescu, Natassa Lianou, Saman Dadgostar
Project Manager: JCDecaux
Contract Administration + Quantity Surveyor: Lavingtons
Structure: Buro Happold Engineering
Civil Engineering: Buro Happold Engineering
MEP: Hoare Lea
Lighting: Buro Happold Engineering
Landscape Design: MRG Studio
Principal Designer: Orsa Projects
Construction / Fabrication / Suppliers:
Principal Contractor: Knight Brown Construction
Stainless Steel: CIG Architecture
Granite: S.McConnell and Sons
Specialty Brickwork: Grangewood and European Building Materials
LED Screen: Daktronics
All images © Luke Hayes, unless otherwise stated.
Top image courtesy of JCDecaux
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