Simona Sacchi won the SUN.LAB 2012. The SUN.LAB contest was conceived in reference to the theme of “Nature Inside“, nature inherent in the product, nature as material, nature as a resource to be protected, both in terms of aesthetic appeal and form.
The project takes its name from the natural element that inspired the Balanus Amphitrite, a crustacean with a body of conical calcareous; they are found in substantial groups on surface sites between the level of high and low tide. The project aims to convey the theme of the aggregation that occurs in nature as a dominant feature of the modus vivendi (way of living) in the animal world; just think of the flocks, the flocks of birds, and fish. The project is presented as a “colony of seats”, since it is composed of four different positions of different sizes.
So, Balanus captures the appearance of the natural community, the aggregation of the natural element, exploiting it in favor of the human world. The multiple-seating arrangement is designed for a short break, as a foothold in aesthetically appealing contract environments to facilitate interaction and socialization between people. The material used is polyethylene worked with the rotational mold technique, white to illustrate the Barnacle, and in several bright colors that make reference to the marine world and target sites for which it was designed. BalanUs is now a concept in search of a manufacturing company.