“The landscape is powerful and beautiful, the element we make is simple, but the two put together reveal a new dimension. Perhaps this is the added value of architecture; elements mutually highlighting each other.” -Pierre Thibault
L’Atelier en mouvement is an installation in progress, always evolving, moving through various landscapes. This evanescent structure is an infinite source of new and inspiring images; it is an opportunity to generate new ideas that will fuel the architectural projects of l’Atelier.
Initially, we did not know what to expect. Then, through various attempts, the idea took shape gradually. The structure softly materialized and let itself be inspired by the great scenery and meeting the constraints of transport, assembly and disassembly. The structure can be divided into four modules, each one unique although belonging to the same family of shape.
Sometimes floating, elevated on stilts, laid on the ground either vertically or horizontally, the installation transforms into a raft, a dock, then it becomes a sculpture or a refuge. Sometimes the modules combine to form one large structure, sometimes they evolve all on their own. Covered of its white veil, this aery structure leads us into a series of poetic dialogues between us, architecture and the landscape.
“Driven by the desire to see our element interact with the landscape, we also, at this very moment, dialogue with the landscape. Looking the horizon, we watch a canvas with light, we watch people work together, a dialogue between the people and the environment, we see time shift. Nothing else would have brought us to this beach at this precise moment in time.” -Pierre Thibault
These nomadic installations lead us to understand each place we visit in a different way. This is, in a way, preachitecture that allows us to discard our preconceptions in order to consider architecture differently while renewing our vision. The projects designed in the workshop take their inspiration from the installation, transferring to a larger scale the knowledge collected at a scale 1:1 of the installation: the assembly methods, the textures of the materials, the effects of the light, the relationship with the landscape.
“Creating an installation goes beyond the installation itself, a day in Gaspésie, it was cold but we somehow had the pleasure of being together.” -Pierre Thibault
The installation is an incomplete process, always evolving, as a matter of fact, it will move for the first time in a urban context on September 19th in the Bassin Peel in Montreal.
Fenêtre sur l’Atelier : A production from ON EST 10 for Atelier Pierre Thibault
Production and camera: François-Olivier Thibault Photo director: Vincent Gonneville Soundman: Vincent Brunet-Dupont Offline editing: Vincent Brunet-Dupont Color: Frédérik-Daniel Poirier Sound editing and mix: Sacha Ratcliffe