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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.

Onde Sensuelle – “sensualwave” in La Grande Motte, France by Festival des Architectures Vives

 
August 3rd, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Festival des Architectures Vives

“It is not the right angle that attracts me, nor the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. What attracts me is the free and sensual curve that I find in the body of the beloved woman.”

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

  • Architects: Festival des Architectures Vives
  • Project: Onde Sensuelle –  “sensualwave”
  • Location: Quai Charles de Gaule, La Grande Motte, France
  • Photography: Paul Kozlowski
  • Caractéristiques: Ephemeralfloating installation
  • Client: Festival des Architectures Vives – La Grande Motte 2ndedition–Sensuality
  • Prize: Special Mention
  • Team: Marion Moustey, Architect, Montpellier, France, Alexandre Arcens, Architect, Paris, France
  • Project area: 60 square meters
  • Date: 21-29 june 2014

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Oscar Niemeyer

Set on the harbor of La Grande Motte, the installation faces the sea. It guides the look towards the horizon while reminding the curves of the female body. Which material to choose if not the lace, voluptuous and evocative of the senses ?

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

The spheres, dressed in embroidery, open a dialogue between full and void. Indeed, the texture of the lace creates a game of shadow and light. Applied on floating spheres, it offers roundness reflexions on the water.

The Sensual Wave plays with water, without ever touching it, brushes it, goes away from it. As a magical moment, the ephemeral character of the installation evokes a waves that we can’t hold back.

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Team presentation :

Convinced that the practice of an architect cannot be without a certain openness to different fields, the team formed by Marion Moustey and Alexandre Arcens seeks to explore architecture through multiple eyes. It is with the same ambition that both approach their studies in the Ecole Nationale Supérieured’ Architecture de Montpellier. Enriched by individual experiencesacquired through the participation in various international competitions and workshops, they undertake their degrees at the Ecole Nationale Supérieured’ Architecture de Montpellier for one, the Arkitektskolen Aarhus Denmark for other. This common interest in the mixing of areas of studies and the work at various scales makes them approach architecture with a guenuine sensitivity.

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Festival des Architectures Vives presentation:

The Festival des Architectures Vives aims to raise public awareness of the wide range of architecture. It seeks not only to highlight the work of a young generation of architects,  landscape architects and urban planners but also to make discover unexpected urban  areas.

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Through two urban courses, one in the historical heart of Montpellier’s town and a second in La Grande Motte, the public can discover works of contemporary architecture in unique sites and sometimes unknown from people. In La Grande Motte, the festival offers an urban course in the heart of Jean Balladur’s architecture, which caracterises this seaside town, recently approved “Heritage of the XXth Century”. In 2014, the Festival des Architectures Vives invested 8 sites in total with 7 installations + 1 pavilion.

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Many works allow interaction with visitors. All of them take possession of the sites during  the festival only. Leaving no physical trace, the festival seeks to make an impression, to initiate a global reflection on architecture and its development in existing urban context and finally, to create a dialogue between contemporary works and heritage. Mediators are present on each site. These mediators are students at the School of Architecture of Montpellier and they endeavor to strengthen appreciation of the works of the visitors.

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

The event is free, this reflects the desire of opening architecture to the greatest number.

FAV is organized by Elodie Nourrigat and Jacques Brion, architects in Montpellier.

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Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

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Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

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