Earlier this year, we saw Mathieu Lehanneur's design for a children's workshop at the Centre Pompidou. This fall sees the opening of the Pompidou's teen room, also designed by Lehanneur, a flexible media space that accommodates a range of functional and psychological needs.
Conceived as an "intellectual weights room," the space is loaded on two sides, with toothpaste tube seating on one end, and a small palette-like stage on the other. This is all topped with a massive technology grill, housing light and sound equipment and allowing works, screens, and cameras to be suspended from the ceiling. To enter the space, teens walk through a blue-lit "airlock," separating them from the rest of the museum.
Lehanneur, on the conception of the space:
I dreamed about a place which was conceived and built like a television, cinema or music studio. I wanted this place to offer teenagers the same potential for action and creation as the professional equivalent. A far cry from an attempt to reconstruct a hypothetical 'teen' style, from adolescence I have only kept this desire—and at times this capacity—to contort things and places. I admire this unique way of making the world more flexible to better integrate into it. And what is true for a town or for clothing is even more so for institutions like museums...
Photos by Felipe Ribon