The Unbearable Lightness of Being
by Mésarchitectures


Architect Didier Fiuza Faustino of Paris studio Mésarchitectures has installed a pair of swing seats on a billboard frame as part of the Shenzhen & Hong Kong bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in China this week.

Called The Unbearable Lightness of Being, the project is conceived as a mobile installation and can be erected around an existing billboard.

The biennale began on Sunday 6 December and continues until 23 January 2010.

Photographs by Sun Xiaoxi, courtesy of Approach Architecture Studio.

Here's some more information from Mésarchitectures:


THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING (Nesnesitelná lehkost bytí)

Urban reanimation device


The Unbearable Lightness of Being responds to the society of materialism where individual desires seems to be prevailing over all.

This piece of urban furniture, by being nomad, allows the reactivation of different public spaces. It enables inhabitants to reappropriate fragments of their city. They will both escape and dominate public space through a game of equilibrium and desequilibrium.

By playing this "risky" game, and testing their own limits, two people can experience together a new perception of space, void, lightness and recover an awarness of the physical world.

This hybrid object, meaningfull only through the body, being all at once physical and social may be a tool for a collective experience of fragility.


Billboard and swings mix , steel ladder, steel lattice platform, protective nets on steel structure, waterproof floodlights.
(Can be set up on existing billboard)

Posted on Tuesday December 8th 2009 at 11:41 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • toodles

    hot damn i love this!


  • jcizz

    would be nice to swing into a pool

  • tanya telford – T

    i wonder how many people will actually have a go on this, seems like lots of interesting concepts are being explored through it,

  • ujo

    it’s light and industrially cool, but it is also fail blog woth grownups, all over.

  • francesco

    it will be nice to see the rest of didier fiuza faustino’s work in the web… just for show to the people that don’t know him and don’t have the books of mesarchitecture!

  • dina

    i bet it’d feel a bit like flying!!:)

  • Paul, Yorkshire

    This is just ‘Talkitecture’ the reality of the project is this is just a conventional park swing elevated above ground level….end of.
    Somebody please tell me different.

  • Vanja
  • xtiaan

    the unbearable pretension of being an architect

  • tanya telford – T

    i don’t see it as being pretentious, kind of more about changing perceptions of space surrounding an individual, or put another way – seeing a part of a city (for instance) from a different view point, kind of possible to get different ideas and maybe new ideas on things – all sorts of things, that’s what i understand this project to be about from the information here.

  • M

    Wonderful piece of lightness :)

  • Pretty cool looking swings. Love the architecture design behind it.

  • Bert Kwouk

    Every student cliche of the last 20 years in the text. But it looks like fun.