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projet :Metronomad by Benoist Buttin, Tristan Calvignac et Antoine Fichaux, Atelier 3X avec Rainer Pirker, Spring Semester 2009


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Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture

254 Boulevard Raspail

75014 Paris


site: www.atelier3X.blogspot.com

 

One of the best projects last semester at the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture (ESA) was awarded a Prize by guest artist Tadashi Kawamata last June in Paris during the end of year exhibition. Here is an extract of the work by students Benoist Buttin, Tristan Calvignac and Antoine Fichaux, which was developed over a four week workshop with Architect Rainer Pirker from Austria. The brief was for an ‘Urban Seed’ and upon choosing a ‘Ballardian’ site plunked with numerous railtracks in the suburbs of Paris, the students proceeded in working with what they soon realised interested them most: the energy of the area. Initially seen as a very abstract notion, they turned to try and capture the actual physical energy of the trains and through very simple mechanical principles managed to transform the project into a rather poetic and almost apocalyptic construct.

Imagine the truckloads of sand brought to Paris every summer for the purpose of tourists in what is known as ‘Paris Plage’, re-used on this site and being scattered about by the vibrations of the passing trains, to finally cover the tunnels completely and create a surreal dune landscape in the middle of Paris...

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