Strong team work with Armand Zanota, Delphine Suter, Nina Cruchaud, Luis Melgar, Ines Branet, Leo Perrin, Clément Estreicher, Stephen Bopeso and Claire Hennel.
In terms of articulations and ergonomy, we worked with two scales, one that we can call macro, and the second, micro.
The first one is about the overall scale, the movement, the parkour and its width, the "PATH SHAPE" (121. - A Pattern Language), the celerity of the users and how much they will be.
Diving inside this debate room you see here how it is centred with the protostructure columns and the trees. The fabric roof that transforms into seats was really a big challenge to deal with, to keep in tension this element that links the wooden structure.
From a micro point of view: see the comfort of the seats, soft to touch; it’s the first sense that is enhanced. Other sense that is enhanced. The special light treatment with this transparency appeals to the sight. The transparency is also a signal for people outside who can see that something is happening inside.
The second scale is the human scale, which is more about static and touch.
This results on a lovely parkour, with a special an "ENTRANCE TRANSITION" (112. - A Pattern Language), a "PROMENADE" (31. - A Pattern Language) to this debate room.
Our articulation work starts by considering the trees, then the protostructure: one tree at the centre and the others marking the angles, forming a centred plan.
The bleachers are centred compared to the protostructure, and the latter’s vertical parts stay to slow down the walking speed of users in this dead end, which is surely the most static space in this house.
Some additional work:
Here again, we find this idea of layers, a succession of wooden stairs, bricks, a wood platform, then water. And again, there is an idea of duality
- from micro view: "STAIR SEATS" (125. - A pattern Language)
- from macro: monumental stairs, that provide a very special transition to the panoramic view on the junction.
Then direct after this, a bit more under it, we have the “Dock”, with the transition of materials, from wooden elements to bricks and garden wall, we are in the most outdoor place but the warmest, where it feels like a cocoon.