Hinging between art and architecture, a series of branch shelters encourages the locals to interact, play, experiment and participate. The project realisation is highly process-driven, involving the locals in creation and transformation of Place des Alliés. We advocate for participants to develop ownership through making and in turn strengthening the relationship between people and place.
The notion of play often alludes to childhood moments. We are particularly interested in playfulness in the woods as we find structures and shelters composed of tree branches. Some built as a little secret hide-out together with friends while some were assembled during a family panic in the forest. All of which leaves a mark of presence and inhabitation. But above all, a secret invitation to others to participate and add to the creation.
Continuing this notion of play and presence into Place des Alliés, an atelier of other finds a strong relevance and significance in providing arbor shelters in the midst of this concrete jungle. Much like the branches and twigs relying structurally on the existing trees in the forest, our projects will work with the existing structural lamp posts to enhance the urban furniture.
A series of branch shelters would like to gather residents of active demographics to be a part of the making. The design shall be accessible and modular in quantity yet flexible and adjustable depending on the precise location of the installation.