• A room of one's own

    Par Estreicher Clement, 15/03/20
            7 P.M.
    I wipe off my shoes, step over the threshold enter the room.

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    I do suddenly have a weird feeling as I walk between void and solid. Something
    abnormal is going on...

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    Once I reach the column at the end of the path, I can finally see the interior.
    "Happy birthday!" Some friends came over for a surprise party. I grab a drink

    on the coffee table and start discussing.

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    Later, when they all gather on the deck, I take advantage of the situation and isola-

    te myself in quest of intimacy. While they enjoy the sunset, I look down to the river.


    Why has she not showed up tonight ?



              PROGRAM

    Soon after this project started, a painting of a bow window caught my attention. This

    particular room does in fact embody many aspects discussed in class. I decided to de-

    velop three of them in the following work, namely privacy, interiority and the rela-

    tion to the outer environment.



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    Cape Cod Morning - Edward Hopper



              SITUATION

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    Collective drawing 1:50

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    The plan has been sectioned horizontally in order to reveal the situation of the

    vertical elements. A thin line reminds of the actual position of the roof.



              DETAILS

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    Drawing highlighting the various floor - and threshold - levels. Such a section

    allows to remove the first layer of the protostructure, and therefore gives a

    clear view of the threshold's height between the common and intimate spaces.


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    Progressive sections enable a better understanding of the framework.

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    Details of the central knot.

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    The vertical planes give a heavy - not to say monumental - feeling. These proper-

    ties fully match with the desire of separating the spaces. Their components are,

    however, much lighter in order to relief the [proto]structure. The wooden frame is

    in fact first filled with XPS-isolation elements, and afterwards covered with big

    panels of the same material, since it resists well to compression and tolerates

    water exposure. In order to offer a monolithic aspect, a layer of roughcast

    is applied on the wall.


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    The starting elements of the drawing coincide with the top of the vertical plans. At

    the same level, two transversal pieces are screwed on the protoscture. Each pre assem-

    bled wooden "L" has at least two supporting points. This form is meant to increase

    useful height and hence resist to the maximal overhand of 1.5m


    PROCESS


              CONSTRUCTIVE DRAWING (1:10)

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    Crucial moment : drawing is key when it comes to placing elements wisely.



              INHABITATION IN SIGHT (1:10)

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    After some intense production, I sit on the protostructure and look back at the work

    achieved so far. I feel attracted by this enclosed space right in front of my eyes

    - but will it fit me?



              STUDY MODEL (1:10)

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    Unable to get the perfect shot, I have yet come to a drastic conclusion :

    this interior space needs more light.



              OTHER VIEWPOINT, NEW LESSON (1:10)

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    The protostructure does act as a barrier at some key points, which restrains the use

    of space.



              ENLIGHTENMENT (1:20)

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    The floor is now divided into various levels, helping the fluent occupation of the

    space despite the protostructure. In addition, the vertical planes have been slightly

    modified for a better sitting position, more intimacy and light. This is, after all,

    what a bow window is about.



              CARPENTER WORK, GOLDSMITH CONDITIONS (1:10)

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              [UN]COMPLETED (1:10)

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                     CONCLUSION

                     In order to fulfil the criteria mentioned in the program, the opening in the vertical

    plane is, as well as the sitting space on the protostructure, wide enough for a single

    person, giving it a private dimension. Then, one can feel a graduation of interiority

    when wandering across the project : one sees only two plans when entering, three to

    four in the common space and all four when getting into the private room. There, the

    knot of the protostructure and apparent wood of the mineral walls also reinforce this

    aim. In fact, as Sebastien Grosset said, "interior" and "intimacy" are comparative and

    superlative forms of "between" in Latin, meaning that the most intimate moment of a room

    is the one where the most complex interstices are found. An intimate space does there-

    fore not necessary have to be a closed one. In my project, for instance, the most inti-

    mate place is also the only one from which one gets a 180 degrees view on the landscape.


  • Prélude

    Par Estreicher Clement, 24/12/19


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    Premier contact avec les berges du Rhône à Genève. Les croquis sont réalisés sur

    un déchet ramassé sur place.



  • Le territoire décide

    Par Bopeso Stephen, Estreicher Clement, 18/12/19

    La vallée est morte. L’étroit couloir est semé d’embûches, comme si la nature s’opposait à sa visite. Mais pour survire, l’homme doit en sortir. Il fait chaud. Très chaud. Ses déplacements, lents et éprouvants, ne s’opèrent d’ailleurs que la nuit. Dans ces conditions hostiles, il se doit de tirer profit de chaque élément du territoire. La fraicheur des cavernes est précieuse, permettant la récolte de quelques gouttes d’eau qui s’échappent de la roche et ruissèlent le long des parois.

    Ce soir-là, alors que l’homme s’apprêtait à reprendre son chemin, un dernier rayon de soleil attire son attention. Au pied d’un tronc calciné, dans une fissure de terre sèche, repose une graine. Lueur d’espoir dans un paysage désolé, il décide d’en prendre soin. Afin de lui procurer de l’ombre, l’homme assemble grossièrement quelques souches en un plan et l'élève en position verticale. Après avoir tenté de l’implanter, il se réduit à poser la paroi dans un creux, tant le sol est dur. Il construit également une gouttière le long de la roche pour nourrir la plante.

    Mais ses efforts sont récompensés. L’arbre croit à une vitesse folle – et l’homme s’élève avec lui. Son ascension est légère, naturelle. Et lorsqu’il touche les premiers nuages, l’homme réunit plusieurs branches pour se reposer. En bas, il devine encore la vallée ; mais en se penchant encore un peu, il devrait bientôt pouvoir dépasser l’horizon.


  • Jeu topographique

    Par Bopeso Stephen, Estreicher Clement, 18/12/19


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  • Naturelle sélection

    Par Bopeso Stephen, Estreicher Clement, 15/12/19


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