Qui est “in”, Qui est “out” by
Yes We Can Architects



London architects Yes We Can Architecture have sent images of a project they built last summer out of hula hoops.


The installation was in the courtyard of the 18th century Hotel d’Aurès music school as part of the Festival des Architectures Vives :In(Side)Out in Montpellier, France last summer.


300 hula hoops were used in the installation, which is called Qui est “in”, Qui est “out” after a song by Serge Gainsbourg.


Here's some info from the architects:


This temporary structure was done with a very tight budget: 900 Euros. An installation of 300 bright green hula hoops connected with plastic clips, imposing its contrasting organic shape inside an 18th century courtyard. It was assembled by a team of 4 people in 2 days.
Qui est “in”, qui est “out”?
inspired by Serge Gainsbourg, 1966.hulahoops4.jpg

Hundreds of hula hoops cover the ground. Assembled together, they become structure. The hula hoop is the smallest entity which defines boundaries, between an inside and an outside. One is either IN or OUT.


But since hundreds of hula hoops are bound, accumulated and amalgamated together, this boundary is blurred.
The accumulation of hula hoops dis torts the perceptions; space is turned inside out.


“It’s fun, healthy and kids will love it”, The Hudsucker Proxy, Joel and Ethan Coen, 1994.


The installation transports us from the usual to the singular : we discover a product in a completely new light. This creation raises from technical and economic constraints of the festival: the objective being to have a maximum impact with minimal means.


Richard Knerr, the inventor of the hula hoop in 1957, died on 18 January 2008, at the age of 82.


The project was undertaken by a team consisting of Frederic ANDRE, David CARDINAL, Christelle Bewig, Sophie LEPINOY.


All photos and images are copyright: Frederic ANDRE, except 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08: Christelle BEWIG; and 12: Association Champ Libre.



Posted on Monday June 29th 2009 at 6:06 pm by Brad Turner. Copyright policy | Comments policy

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  • slater

    WOW, fantastic color and shadows! I’d love to see more projects like this installation!


    it reminds me an installation in new york, two years ago. still nice-

  • von

    montpellier’s “festival des architectures vives” fourth edition has been a success
    festival’s website is here: http://favmontpellier.nerim.net/
    and some pics I took: http://www.onsevoitdemainalors.org/von/2009/06/24/festival-des-architectures-vives-2009/

  • kapa13

    Great contrast. Love it!

  • tanya telford – T

    I really like this project, so much so i went straight to their web site, there’s a few things i like including “generating landscape” . They also have this neo – nothing post everything – project. Ive only kind of speed read it but, I think there’s some very positive & workable points (a project for a city in China) I can’t tell if its for real or just (so far) theory, I will have another look tomorrow, I don’t necessarily agree exactly with all the view points & comments & plans but it seems very good in many ways,

  • tanya telford – T

    also – i made a kind of drawing in which I think I was trying to say a similar thing to this hula hoop project (ish) – also (sad? but true) I now have “do the hokey cokey” song in my head…….?

  • nothingbutcode

    very nice.

    it reminds me of iwamotoscott’s installation at sci-arc. >

  • Absolute hideous name for an architect’s practice. I am surprised they got a commission with that sort of nonsense name.

  • Jay L.

    Great work ! it’s fun, lightweight but has a great impact on the space and shadows. http://www.yeswecanarchitecture.com is also interesting. Would like to see more installations of this kind.

  • tk

    what’s the ‘in & out’ doing there?

  • Absolutely amazing. What fun…awakens the child in us all and blurs the lines…

  • i wonder if anyone starts a practice at the moment that’s called “King of Pop Architecture” ? – you are so 2008 :)
    BIG stated at least a smart “Yes is More”! as reaction to Obamamania and it has more layers…

    …they would need a Hawaiian Hula Girl to twist that tornado – then it would be truly fun, but i think no girls could have such strong hips…

  • Great!!!
    my new french studio name: “No, we cannot” (ref Renault ad)

  • Jame Mark Pinotes

    I just love the holahoops architecture

  • I can’t believe only one person made fun of their ridiculous name?

  • simple idea but so effective.

  • Very close to Minsuk Cho’s (Mass Studies) rindome installation:

  • ring dome nyc

    @jan edler et al:

    The first Ring Dome was indeed constructed in New York in August-September of 2007. While the use of hula hoops and zip-ties certainly isn’t a proprietary approach, it does happen to be exactly the solution we came to favor…