Three unusual points of view in the city, temporary architectural structures interact with the surrounding urban environment. The aim of the 3 projects is to give unusual sights over the city during a summer cultural event “Voyage à Nantes“ taking place every two years – mostly related to contemporary art.
LE VORONOÏ / BOUFFAY NEIGHBOURHOOD – ALLÉE DE LA TREMPERIE
From a platform located in the heart of one of Voronoi’s polygon ellipsoids (mathematic honeycomb structures corresponding to a particular breakdown of space according to growth-related phenomena), you can only see the entirety of the external environment from a single point of view: the centre of the platform. Once you move, the honeycomb structure blurs your peripheral vision.
BOLDUQ / BOUFFAY NEIGHBOURHOOD – RUE DE L’ÉMERY
Suspended above the hustle and bustle of the quartier Bouffay, this platform sits snugly between different terraces. A mysterious knot, a nest made of ribbons interlaced around three trees in these side streets, gets tangled in the branches and slips back in, between the trunks.
SUPERAMA / QUAI DE LA FOSSE – RUE D’ANCIN
Placed between two buildings, at the foot of the staircase used in Lola (Jacques Demy), this platform spills over onto the Quai de la Fosse. Suspended above the street, a crystal seems to splinter into pieces, like a fog of particles playing with light. Erupting out of a gap between two buildings, the structure condenses itself then evaporates, almost inviting us to discover a new horizon.
Instructors: Michel Bertreux, Francis Miguet & Michel Dudon, École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Nantes
Location: Voyage à Nantes, Nantes, France
Status: Student Seminar, built
Year: Spring 2012, exhibition from June 15th to August 19th, 2012