• Reference - quotes

    Par Anne-Sophie De Pesters, 15/12/15

    "The building was conceived as a configuration of intermediary places clearly defined. This does not imply continual transition or endless postponement with respect to place and occasion. On the contrary, it implies a break away from the contemporary concept (call it sickness) of spatial continuity and the tendency to erase every articulation between spaces, i.e., between outside and inside, between one space and another. Instead, I tried to articulate the transition by means of defined in-between places which induce simultaneous awareness of what is signified on either side."

                                                                                                                                      Aldo van Eyck

    And the extent to which healing is a rite de passage a transition experience, becomes vividly clear in those classical corridors where the sick and ailing turn into their recovery, as it were.

                                                                                             Walter Benjamin, in Arcades Project

  • PLANES : Manifeste

    Par Charlotte Reuse, 14/12/15


          The interest of the panorama is in seeing the true city—the city indoors

                                The windows that look down 

                                on it are like loges from which

                                one gazes into its interior, but

                                one cannot see out these windows

                                to anything outside.


                                His living room is a box

                                in the theater of the world.

    Walter Benjamin, The Arcades project

  • Références au site

    Par Raphaël Vouilloz, 14/12/15

    L'imposante façade de l'arrière de la Cathédrale et l'ouverture de la rue vers l'Est seront évoqués dans les tracés du sous-sol.

    Image Mon Dec 14 2015 21:27:59 GMT+0100

    Image Mon Dec 14 2015 21:27:59 GMT+0100

    Source: Google Street View
  • Référence à Walter Benjamin, réflexion sur le concept

    Par Raphaël Vouilloz, 29/11/15

    « Paris is built over a system of caverns from which the din of Metro and railroad mounts to the surface, and in which every passing omnibus or truck sets up a prolonged echo. And this great technological system of tunnels and thoroughfares interconnects with the ancient vaults, the limestone quarries, the grottoes and catacombs which, since the early Middle Ages, have time and again been reentered and traversed. Even today, for the price of two francs, one can buy a ticket of admission to this most nocturnal Paris, so much less expensive and less hazardous than the Paris of the upper world. The Middle Ages saw it differently. Sources tell us that there were clever persons who now and again, after exacting a considerable sum and a vow of silence, undertook to guide their fellow citizens underground and show them the Devil in his infernal majesty. A financial venture far less risky for the swindled than for the swindlers: Must not the church have considered a spurious manifestation of the Devil as tantamount to blasphemy? In other ways, too, this subterranean city had its uses, for those who knew their way around it. Its streets cut through the great customs barrier with which the Farnlers General had secured their right to receive duties on imports, and in the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries smuggling operations went on for the most part below ground. We know also that in times of public commotion mysterious rumors traveled very quickly via the catacombs, to say nothing of the prophetic spirits and fortunetellers duly qualified to pronounce upon them. On the day after Louis XVI fled Paris, the revolutionary government issued bills ordering a thorough search of these passages. And a few years later a rumor suddenly spread through the population that certain areas of town were about to cave in. » [C2,1]

    Ancient Paris, Catacombs, Demolitions, Decline of Paris, in The Arcades Project, Walter Benjamin, p. 85

    Ce texte souligne l'existence de nombreux passages creusés sous Paris, tandis que ce projet propose un site permettant d'accéder à un sous-sol depuis Lausanne. Or, lors du projet MEASURES, la relation entre les deux villes s'était faite par la cave. De plus, le DOUBLE-ELEMENT avait déjà été conçu comme un espace permettant d'accéder à une ville depuis l'autre.

    C'est pourquoi il a été décidé qu'une porte serait introduite au bout du chemin proposé par ce projet: en arrivant devant la façade de Lausanne, le sujet suppose un sous-sol. D'abord forcé par la structure du bâtiment à monter des marches pour entrer dans la maison, il est ensuite guider à la cave par la colonne + . Au fond il y découvre une porte, qui mène sur Paris.

  • Evolution du concept

    Par Raphaël Vouilloz, 25/11/15

    L'idée est maintenant de remplacer le mur et la dalle fermant l'espace du sous-sol pour y placer un bloc de plâtre assimilable au sol, dans lequel on aurait creusé une cave. Les escaliers permettant d'y accéder auraient été façonnés dans le sol-lui même, comme sur cette photo.

    Image Wed Nov 25 2015 17:21:12 GMT+0100

    By marlenedd (http://www.flickr.com/photos/marlened/1508838424/) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons



    Image Wed Nov 25 2015 17:21:12 GMT+0100

    Ce moule est un négatif de ses escaliers en plâtre et inspire une idée de creusement. L'effet escompté est cette fois inverse, et ici c'est donc le moule qui paraît être l'élément fini positif.

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    Image Wed Nov 25 2015 17:36:47 GMT+0100

    Il peut ainsi être mis en scène dans la maquette:

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