Lungo Mare was designed as a hybridisation of an object and natural space, making real the dream of converting the waves and dunes on the beach into a meeting place with an undulated cross section and a rectangular shape measuring 4 x 2 metres. Its terse, printed skin snugly fits the user while its shape retains the imprint of an absent body.
Lungo Mare was designed in 1997 during a series of conversations between Enric Miralles, Benedetta Tagliabue and Emili Farré-Escofet. It was exhibited for the first time at the Mies van der Rohe hall, on occasion of the Scottish Parliament presentation, also designed by EMBT. It was first installed permanently in the Diagonal Mar Park in 2001.
“We wanted something for Lungo Mare that would be welcoming, like a beach, and comfortable, like dunes or waves in the sea. We wanted almost a pier on the beach, made of cast stone. It resembled a flying carpet. We thought it would be able to fly to other places and land in more urban areas, in parks, on lawns, on a campus... We spent more than two years completing the configuration of this element, working on prototypes in the workshop in a stimulating dialogue with the industry. Using this complicity, we generated a meeting point... which at the end of the adventure, also reflected an absence and a place for memory”.
The collection is made up of one module, A, measuring 2 x 4 m and two smaller modules, B and C measuring 2 x 2 m, obtained as the result of dividing module A into two halves. Conceived as a single model, it is revealed as a landscape element designed for a possible solitary use, but offering its combinatorial capacity in its compositional background.
A moulded concrete piece with a gentle surface finish, reinforced with stainless steel. Printed with random shapes generated by sand deposits. It is heavy and fitted with six monolithic supports for horizontal positioning and can be subtly installed on the ground with no need for anchors. It has three drainage points on the under part of the undulation.
This street furniture was awarded the Golden Delta Prize ADI-FAD 2001 by the Association of Industrial Designers for the Encouragement of the Decorative Arts (ADI-FAD).