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01. Cabin

Location Schengen. Luxembourg
Status Built
Year 2008

With Chloe Viallefond, Lucas Ribeiro & Yan Roche

If we focus on the very pragmatic aspect of the Schengen Convention, it must liberalize the flow (of people or goods) within the signatory countries, currently numbering 28. Read through these very prosaics lines and contextualize them. The current economic model and technological advances in recent decades have tended to trivialize the free movement and the richness it brings to us by closing certain sensitive parts of our mind. Only the price can still prevent tourists from travelling, at a time when many modes of transportation exist and are efficient : planes, trains, buses, cars ...

We can say that, paradoxically, although the gross wealth will by increasing, the travel one would probably go in the opposite direction. Before transport revolution, the quality of men to project in a country they do not know through books or photos was of a much more mental but also probably more dreamy. People forget very quickly the ability of man to think and imagine or even dream from an actual basis he knows. For example the Venetian Pietro Coppo who in 1528 « represents the earth as a vast archipelago, a scattering of islands, as if the configuration of Venice in which he lived was the model ». This capacity for imagination, the ability to travel mentally and ultimately to appropriate this new space dreamlike qualities are intrinsic to human nature that it would be a shame to neglect. The Schengen Convention, even rigidly drawn, leaves seem all that poetry that surrounds the world of travel (free movement of persons). The action of rising to break free, to travel, to «see below,» and go « beyond borders » in a purely mental guided us throughout our discussion. The hut, here place of escape, is thought to stimulate the senses of visitors, mainly visually, so that he can « get away without leaving it ».

Our idea has taken shape at the sight of one of the pictures of the site. We thought, in some ways, « locking » the hut in the middle of tall grass and allow people to see beyond this natural boundary by rising gradually until you see the horizon. Thus our concept offers the visitor to gradually raise its view of his environment by using more or less movable walls of the hut. We start by seeing nothing, then frame a view of the tall grass by reducing half of a partition, open the visual space by transforming a wall on the terrace and we ended up on the roof to break free of tall grass in what is finally seeing « beyond borders ».



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