With over 345 mirrors flap mirrors on its facade, the movement of these mirrors and their size react to the wind in an attribute that make the structure literally breathe, in a manner so appropriately fitting its name “Breath Box”.
This unique pavilion of mirrors was designed by the Montpellier based NAS Architecture for the Festival of Lively Architecture “Le Festival Des Architectures Vives“ in La Grande Motte, France. The structure was awarded the Festival’s Jury Prize, and the Audience Award.
According to NAS Architecture : “The main wall of “Breath Box” is reflective, facing the horizon. It does not only recreate the image of the sea, it transforms it by its own attributes. The wind comes lifting the many reflective modules, providing a duality between visual experience and reflection ripple.
“Breath Box” allows to distinguish, to see the wind passage, not only feel but apprehend physically. The recomposed mirror is deformed under the influence of wind, making them interact with the natural elements and the senses. The sensuality described here is to be taken at the level of visual accomplishment. The pleasure of following the passage of fluctuating, pulsating wind, creating a mosaic of city landscape, grande-motte color. “Breath Box” therefore provides immediate and changing experience. You cannot escape, as you wander seafront to the attraction of these changing facets that offer a variety of different pictures.”