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Do you remember being taken on holiday by your parents? They promised it'd be fun, they swore you could go shopping, they said it'd be beautiful. You arrived there only to grow slowly more frustrated at their constant presence. This particular personal experience of mine must be why architects UdA created the "Fun House." Located in Juan-les-Pins, France, this sea-facing apartment is divided into separate rooms for all the kids to enjoy. The bedrooms were built inside the living room, with makeshift walls of colorful slats. This allows for a new generation of traveling children to finally be able to slide into privacy and away from their crazy shell-collecting dads.

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"The project for an apartment in Juan les Pins designed by Studio UdA developed by Andrea Marcante and Adelaide Testa tackles the issue of holiday homes. The small size of the apartments (40 m²), inside a building overlooking the sea that dates back to the 1960s/70s, provided the input for a study into various ways of setting out space and establishing interpersonal relations. In this way, the decades in question and the communal life of Italian families on the beach in summer holiday locations constitute a sort of latent memory and one of the inspirations underscoring the project."

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"In the project designed by UdA it is micro-works of architecture made of metal and wood that generate unusual spatial relations between the people staying in the apartment. As well as managing to physically embody the different patterns of human relations during leisure time on holiday, the chosen design also met the client's request to have a spacious lounge area and two separate sleeping quarters inside such a confined space, all with sea views."

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"The colour schemes of nature are also reflected in the interior colours of the various partitions, whether they be sliding doors or built-in wardrobes. Just like life on the beach, the physical boundaries and cultural differences between people and the various activities they engage in are incorporated in the project: relaxation, children's games and meal times are all reflected in different shades and tones."

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"The general idea behind the project points towards the materials used: from teak, a type of wood frequently employed in the nautical industry in the 1960s/70s, vintage lounge furniture made of wicker and plastic, and also more decorative features such as the wallpaper showing marine landscapes and posters designed by Domenico Gnoli. A part evoking the whole, an absence that actually alludes to a presence, just as the word 'vacation' refers to a making way for something else: Fun House because sharing is always an enjoyable experience."

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All Photography (c) Carola Ripamonti and UdA

UdA Website

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