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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Mosquito Coast Factory in Campbon, France by Tolila+Gilliland

March 14th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Tolila+Gilliland

This is not a shed. This is an island. The question posed by the client/artist was the possibility of a cultural island in an industrial site, the concrete fabrication of a utopic site for living, research and production. The architectural response is the result of a research towards a vocabulary of elements which could give meaning to this ambition.

Image Courtesy © Philippe Ruault

  • Architects: Tolila+Gilliland
  • Project: Mosquito Coast Factory
  • Location: Mosquito Coast Factory 5, rue de la Tamise, Zi porte Estuaire, 44750 Campbon, France
  • Photography: Philippe Ruault
  • Client : Mosquito Coast Factory (Benoit-Marie Moriceau)
  • Area (SHON) : 517 m²
  • Cost of work: 350.000 euros HT
  • Duration of the study: 8 months
  • Duration of the work: 5 months
  • Materials: Structure and cladding in galvanized steel., North Facade in polycarbonate panels (Danpalon), Floors in waxed concrete

Image Courtesy © Philippe Ruault

The cubic mass of galvanized steel in echo with the industrial façades of its environs; the monumental doors, only barely perceptible, sliding to disappear into the interior; the systematic organization of functions; the repetitively of interior grids; the modularity of uses, the potential framework provided for the artist’s future experimentations; the expression of the raw nature of materials; the desire for details precisely drawn;

Image Courtesy © Philippe Ruault

the effect of surprise in each sequence of discovery; the great central nave and its lateral storage cells; the platform for exhibitions and the platform for living/sleeping; the affirmed symmetry, reinforced by two monumental stairs; the strong sense of place; the soft diffusion of light from the north façade in reference to artist’s studios of the last century; the doors which open onto the landscape beyond; the simplicity of plan and the economy of means. It is with the sum of all these elements that I imagined this place, inhabited and full of life. This is not a shed. This is an island.

Image Courtesy © Philippe Ruault

About Mosquito Coast

The Mosquito Coast Sessions are based on the desire to create a place for experimentation and research in artistic and exhibition practice. Thought of as a kind of laboratory, this building is dedicated to receive, each year, curators and artists for exchange, experimentation and collaboration.

Image Courtesy © Philippe Ruault

The Mosquito Coast Factory also refers to a fictional architecture drawn from the eponymous novel by Paul Theroux (1981) and brought to the screen in 1986 by Peter Weir. The story features an inventor who flees the United States for Honduras to form a utopic society.

Image Courtesy © Philippe Ruault

He leaves with his entire family to the “mosquito kingdom” and builds, in the heart of the jungle, a metal block housing a vast ice factory intended to revolutionize the lives of the indigenous population. This stage piece, a sort of projection for creative reflection and the fantasy of a new society, here becomes a source of architectural interpretation, both framework and tool for potential dreams and fictions.

Image Courtesy © Philippe Ruault

Image Courtesy © Philippe Ruault

Image Courtesy Tolila+Gilliland

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