This unique space for multipurpose usage, devised as an extension of the street, was designed by German industrial designer Konstantin Grcic, renowned for his radical and minimalist interpretations of everyday objects.
The two floors - 8th is an interior space and 9th is leading to the Viewing Terrace - are conceptually connected and the design follows seamlessly between the two. Grcic has created a theatrical space, using metal curtains and special lights to subdivide areas.
Reflecting on a street-like concept, the designer has created spaces that are raw but hospitable with a sensitivity to the industrial nature of the building and its metal surfaces. The two floors benefit of the most commanding views extending towards the Camargue and the Alpilles, taking in the entire city of Arles, and offering perspectives never seen before of the historical city, the surrounding nature, and the landscape.
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Konstantin Grcic (born in 1965) was trained as a cabinet maker at The John Makepeace School for Craftsmen in Wood before studying Design at the Royal College of Art in London. Since setting up his own practice in 1991 he has developed furniture, products and lighting for leading design companies. Today, Konstantin Grcic Design is based in Berlin and is active in several fields ranging from industrial design projects, exhibition design and collaborations in architecture and fashion.
Among his producers are Artek, Authentics, Cassina, ClassiCon, Flos, Flötotto, Kettal, Laufen, Magis, Mattiazzi, Muji, Mutina, Nespresso, Plank, Serafino Zani and Vitra. From the fashion and lifestyle sector, Audi, Hugo Boss, Issey Miyake, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Rado and smart/Daimler are some of his clients.
Many of his products have been awarded international design prizes. He received the Compasso d'Oro in 2001 for the Mayday lamp (Flos), 2011 for the Myto chair (Plank) and 2016 for the OK lamp (Flos). For Tom and Jerry from Magis' series The Wild Bunch he received the German Design Award in Gold in 2011.
Grcic defines function in human terms, combining formal strictness with considerable mental acuity and humour. His work is characterised by careful research into the history of art, design and architecture and his passion for technology and materials.