On the occasion of Biennale Architettura 2021, ALIS project has been previewed at the Italian Pavilion in the Giardino delle Vergine at the Arsenale in Venice: it is a reflection of the fluid, futuristic style synonymous with Zaha Hadid Architects, who found in Tecno Spa the perfect partner to bring their vision to life.
This ZHA creation is inspired by the organic forms of an orchid, with petals enveloping the ceiling and walls of a glass cube measuring nearly six meters in length: the fluid forms of the petals provide transparency, allowing light to pass through, while at the same time elegantly ensuring privacy for those inside.
But what is ALIS?
ALIS redefines the concept of social interaction with an innovative and unique pod, a space for limitless connectivity; responding to new requirements of contemporary meeting spaces, ALIS is designed to enhance collaboration and cooperation.
It creates a space for the future, where flexibility and comfort are complemented by advanced information technology zones, and it is also a mobile space to meet and interact, which can be installed in a diversity of settings: indoor and outdoor, offices and commercial spaces, as well as civic and communal settings such as stations and airports.
In addition, ALIS can be fully customised based on the requirements of its users; combining innovative design technologies with maximum connectivity and precision fabrication, the design is informed by the petals of an orchid which embrace the pod and provide visibility, privacy and shelter.
ALIS is constructed to the highest standards with exacting digital manufacturing techniques including 3D printing and CAD/CAM tooling that have been perfected by Zaha Hadid Architects and Tecno; the modular design enables the pod to be easily be disassembled, transported, repurposed and re-used in different configurations for alternative functions.
Each element of the pod is integral to its circular design cycle that ensures long-life durability and minimal waste with components that can be recycled or upcycled into second life applications.
From its bespoke panelling system to its floor and ceiling that discreetly conceal most electronic and mechanical installations within a cohesive design inspired by nature, ALIS represents the future of collaboration: a place to meet and connect that is highly flexible and identifiable.