“Abri” is the second project I did in collaboration with Arthur Bodin from Atelier 7 Octobre.
In 2020, when we saw the call for a residency for an architect in collaboration with an artist in Broglie, a small village very close from where we grew up, we sent a proposition, and we‘ve been choosen.
The project, commissioned by Le forum - Maison de l’architecture de Normandie and l’intercom de Bernay which consists in the realisation of a micro architecture in the wood. During this 6 week-residency, we wanted to work around the notion of “shelter”.
The first four weeks were devoted to the realization of workshops around the notion of shelter with teenagers, old people or small children, but also to the search for a location in the forest and in the reflection of our architecture. As we moved away from the art trail, we found a large wild clearing along the river but still a bit hidden. The place really interested us because to get there you have to cross five sequences of different landscapes (road, undergrowth, woods, mossy woods and clearing).
We then decided to start with a rectiline shape so that the visitor who enters the clearing cannot define the shape and size of the structure (out of sight). This one finally facing the clearing acts as a platform in order to contemplate the landscape. Because it is high you can sheltered yourself from the rain, sit there, or even lie down. We chose the colour orange, because it is not perceptible by wildboars, and certain deer, and thus interferes with the notion of camouflage, because it is for us ultra visible in this natural clearing.The geometric decorative work was then carried out, inspired by pixel camouflage patterns, used by the army to blur the trail of drones. Because the work is located in a natural area, we could not dig the ground. This is why we made with the help of Emmanuel Bessan a chillhood friend of a concrete worker, ten 120kg studs to maintain the structure.
All the the structural work in wood was carried out at the insitu workshops of Fred Lescat with the help of students from the DTMS section of the Boismard high school in Brionne. We then carried out the final assembly and the cladding on site under numerous storms and planted the last nail 5 minutes before the inauguration (a classic).
A big thank to them, Fred Lescat, Insitu, l’envers du décor, the Boismard school, the city of Broglie, Lauriane, Ticha, Anne Lebellego, Alida Levray, Yoyo (soldier), Baptiste, Luso, Flo and Nono, Ben, the Pole ado Serquiny, the Dresson residency, Claire Hacquet, Sonia, Jennifer, Pierre Buisseret, Regis, the Ram and to the people of Broglie.
See more pics and history of the process on the dedicated residency blog.