By Margot Nikodeme
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You will come face to face with them as you stroll through the parks, gardens and even the squares south and east of Small (north)or even in the heart of the city, as at JB Lebas and Bazaar Saint-So. Impressive and original wooden cabins flourished in the territory from the month of May and forms the route “Cabanes sur l’île”, represented by WAAO architecture and urban planning center. A total of seven were installed, and each one designed by a young architect with a very specific concept in mind. These are volatile structures that will be in place until October 3rd.
“To settle down there, to seek shelter there, to stroll, to dream, to play”
“Each cottage contains in its own uniqueness a utopia, an idea, an ambition to live differently in our cities,” says WAAO. Passers-by are thus invited to “settle there, seek shelter there, wander around, dream, play, acquire it, imagine new possible horizons, rethink their immediate environment”.
Here is an overview of the different cabins, and to know their exact location, see this map.
Back to the nature cabin, by JB Lebas park, by the Exercice collective
Look twice, you might see an elephant there … It raises some thoughts: “at a time when big cats, elephants and giraffes tend to disappear from our circus and zoos, the installation of Exercice- contributes the collective for the public debate with the following questions: is there still a part of nature in our cities? Who are the wild animals in today’s city? Does their presence come down to these few statues erected as symbols in our parks and squares? »
Cottage from the roots to the top in Square Lardemer by the collective La Pluie
“From the roots to the top, the visitor plunges into the romantic universe of Lardemer Square and gives him a glimpse of the place’s remarkable landscape heritage. The architectural intention is to guide the immersion through the framing, via an oculus that directs the gaze at the canopy of hundred-year-old trees. The sloping body and legs in the void, the cottage questions the height impression, invites to dreaming and an unlimited imagination. »
Cabane L’Éventail at Parc Barbusse, by the Yamago collective
In Barbusse Park, along a sparse oval plain, a mound appears. At the top of it we see trees in the background. Finally a silhouette comes … It rises, sways, back and forth, on the edge between two “worlds”. Climb, observe, consider, the range of possibilities offered to you! »
Alliage cabin at Adventure Park, by Em.Bo architecture
“Alliage is designed as a metaphor for the relationship between the city and nature through two emblematic materials: metal and wood. The roof and floor are placed on a structure composed of scaffolding elements, reminiscent of the sheet from a nursery that is stretched over a basic structure and gives the work a sense of lightness. »
Cottage La Houblonnière place in the Mediterranean, at the workshop R.Aubin and N.Henon-Hilaire
“L’Houblonnière” elevates nature to the same level as the building act. It crosses the threshold of being a simple shelter, but becomes the inhabited garden of tomorrow. Archetype of the workers’ house from 1930: Unifying fireplace in the Nordic countries, the masonry house mutates into a living and productive cottage. The hut is part of the temporality of the hop cycle of the hops, it unites and leaves room for contemporary imagination. »
Cabane Le Toit commun on the Jardin des Plantes, by the MULOT collective
“The common roof is a utopian illustration of the dialogue between architecture and natural elements. The cottage stands out in the distance with its colorful roof, built with scrap and painted together with flour and ocher paint. Its red color responds to the green complementary color of the park, reflecting the connection between nature and culture. »
Cabane Le Kiosque on the forecourt of the Bazaar St-So at the INE and POST workshops
“Across its line, the former estate station was rehabilitated to Bazaar St-So, an innovative site for tertiary activity 2.0 facing the wilderness. It is a suitable place to build a hut: a refuge, a shade house, a bench where you can take a break to relax or question the future of the wilderness.Much of the wood is salvaged from a carpentry bucket.The floor is made of wooden delivery box planks.An old circus canvas is recycled on the cover.A wall made of compacted mudstone gives weight to the construction that is just located on the ground, and forms a filter of tranquility and freshness between the bazaar and the wilderness. “
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