by Atelier 37.2
This project is a series of 4 minimal spaces (less than 20 sq. meters), designed according to a specific typology of landscape. They are inspired by pure and simple sensations provoked by a specific outdoor scenery: a sea cliff, a sunflower / wheat field, a roof in a city, a dense forest. Each Sculpture is designed as a land art installation that creates a trouble event in the landscape. But each Sculpture is also designed to be inhabited : It is a monastic place to retreat or to live in that offers a very singular point of view on the environnement. The minimalist approach concerns not only design but also function : these are not luxury fully equipped cabins lost in nature, but small scale intimate monasteries. A bare space that has no need for furniture: the interior design is included in the architectural concept. The only function of this micro-architecture series is to provoke a spiritual experience, to create a constant dialogue with its occupant.
SH#1 – SLOPING HOUSE
Sloping House is a makeshift shelter that clings to the side of an extinct volcano in the Puy de Serveix, in France’s Massif Central. Built from recycled timber by the artists themselves, this sculptural one-person refuge, seems to erupt from the grassy slope, as if the structure’s wooden planks are being flung out of the earth only to reform into the neat lines of an archetypal hut.
On entering, you will be forced to crouch, as in a boat descending a wave. You will have the feeling of literally plunging into a skyless landscape and it is only when you seat yourself down on the strange, angular recliner within that the sky will reappear and you will experience the unique sensation of this peculiar vantage point.”