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.
Château of Chillon Restaurant & Boutique in Veytaux, Switzerland by Mauro Turin Architectes
May 23rd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Mauro Turin Architectes
The castle of Chillon (1150), become mythical thanks to Lord Byron poem ‘The prisoner of Chillon’ and today historical national monument, it is the result, on its actually form, of several century construction and various upgrading Works. Our aspiration is to add, in a notion of continuity, a new layer of history about the site and the Castle.
The building is designed in the image of its ambitions, in the expectation in what we call the expansion of the Castle.An enlarge in the sense of its own mind. In the understanding of the notion of fortress and protected area; but even from the understanding of its conception from closed areas around open patios.
The closed spaces found their place under the historic road and are developed in the way to be, in the meantime, places of activity and passageways, some connectors between the garden downstairs and the historic road upstairs. At the bottom, they open straight to the historical garden and to the lake. A first space of restaurant activity suggested in direct relationship to them, allows that garden find out a new meaning of life and a dynamic, non-existent actually.
At the top, they are seeking for the extension with the historic road. The proposed relation with this access, with its staircase and itssloping lawn followed by closed spaces characterized from the shop and the second space of catering sector, is an invitation to the discovery to the strollers.
The second space of the restaurant activity tries to crowning the willing to produce, with our proposal, a phenomenological experience connected to the space and the time. Stripping the retaining wall of the historic road, the spatial-temporal experience of the Restaurant & Boutiquethat we offer – magnified by this ancient wall revealed and pierced, that opens to the gap and closed to the walls of the Castle – is indissociable to the time-space experience of the Castle itself. Bolstered by this, we aspire to link inseparably our building to the Castle and therefore to the historic site.
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