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.
Le Haut Perché in Le Haillan, France by Studio Weave
August 22nd, 2017 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Studio Weave
Studio Weave have been commissioned to design a hiking shelter in close collaboration with Bruit du Frigo and Zebra 3. The project, initiated by the arts and architecture collective Bruit du Frigo, establishes a pedestrian route connected by a series of shelters on the fringes of Bordeaux. Our intervention, Le Haut Perché, constitutes one of eleven other stay-over shelters.
About Refuges Périurbains:
The fringes of Bordeaux remain relatively unknown. As is common to this periphery in most cities, these areas are often overlooked, experienced from afar by car rather than as destinations in their own right. Bridging city and wilderness, peripheral urban sites also offer their own magic and potential. The Refuges Periurbains project encourages the exploration of Bordeaux’s fringe sites by creating a network of stay-over shelters on the edge of the city. Each shelter accommodates up to 9 people and is free to stay in.
About Le Haut Perché:
Situated amidst woodland and streams, Le Haut Perché sits quietly atop a Bordeaux Jalle. The site is peaceful, lost in the heart of Le Parc des Jalles. It is accessed by a singular path that goes no further.
Le Haut Perché sits amongst watermills Le Moulin du Moulinat, collectively perched over one of Bordeaux’s main water sources. Here, water is extracted to serve the city. Comprised of timber and weathering steel, the shelter references the traditional water tower through its materiality and form. The refuge rests atop a slender neck peering over its Jalle. The arching platform captures focused sounds and vistas of water and woodland. Each opening is composed to frame a particular moment, some to be experienced lying down, others stood or sat-up.
About Studio Weave Studio
Weave is an award-winning architecture practice based in London. It balances a joyful, open-minded approach with technical precision to create a diverse body of work across the UK and abroad. Studio Weave values idiosyncrasies, from the characteristics that make somewhere unique to the niche skills of people involved, harnessing the strengths of each project to create something distinctive and of exceptional quality. Studio Weave’s work has been acknowledged by numerous awards including RIBA South East Building of the Year for Ecology of Colour, the Architectural Review’s International Emerging Architecture Awards, and the Civic Trust Awards where The Longest Bench won the Special Award for Community Impact and Engagement.
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