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    The Sensual City path

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    The climate

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    Built landscapes

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    On the waterside

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    In the sky

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    Movement and balance

    The advent of modernity kick started a movement in the city that has not slowed down since. Everything is in a state of constant movement and seems to have accelerated since the 1970s with travel being faster and distances covered greater. The pace of life has also changed, considerably increasing travel movements made within a given time frame.
    But while we travel faster from point A to point B, experience has shown us that we have simultaneously created impoverished spaces. Little is seen of the urban landscape we travel through and this is due to the increased speed which renders our relationship to space particularly abstract. As our speed accelerates, we spend proportionally less time in any one place.
    Should we slow down? Should we return to green forms of transport, such as walking and cycling? It is possible that, in the future, our journeys will be more based on choice, on agreed speeds. This is because mobility is a matter of perception. The means of transport shape and modify our perception of urban space. A same setting is appreciated quite differently depending on whether the person is walking, cycling, driving or taking the tram.
    In establishing our relationship to the city, it is necessary to find a mobility that gives a fresh point of view through movement, permits a dynamic perception of volumes and spaces and, as such, sharpens our visual sense. But this type of mobility with its raised awareness also participates in our thinking concerning the aesthetic principles governing the creation of infrastructures, establishing a structured visual order, coherent visual sequences and a clear readability of the landscape.

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        Consultation │ Paris │ France │ 2015

        It is all about vanishing and appearing …

        The brief explained two things: First, the bowling is an important activity of the village nature so it needs to have its own identity. Moreover it has to deal with the strength of the architecture of the Aqualagon which is just beside it. Then the building must not interfere with the view from the entrance on to the promenade. On the other end the building needs to stand out from this promenade. We translate those two issues in one concept: vanishing and appearing …. Vanishing: The bowling plays with nature, regarding the depth of the façade and its geometrical pattern and the reflection of the trees. Appearing: As soon as you move toward the building, then you see the pattern more intensively until the moment when you see it properly.
        The materiality of the building creates an evanescent effect: the façade is a filter that evolves from wood panel to an interpretation of trees pattern.

        The façade pattern is an extrapolation of what could be an organic architecture, without being a formal interpretation of nature. It is more subtle.
        Finally, when you see it from the other side of the village nature, then you see a clear and magical entrance, designed as a bowling in the 50’s with its neon saying: “hello, please enter; you are going to have fun here”. Inside the building, you have a double view: tracks or sky. On one side, a ramp drives the client slowly to the tracks. This ramp is designed as the furniture of the bar and proposes a pleasant place to sit, have a drink and watch the show.
        The ramp also leads to a niceterrace from where you can watch the tracks from outside and have a drink or have a nice view on to the woods around.

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    The materiality of cities

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