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Inauguration du Refuge périurbain le 13 juin 2019.

Chantier sur site. (©J.-B. Mengès / Bordeaux Métropole)

Chantier sur site. (©J.-B. Mengès / Bordeaux Métropole)

Simulation 3D. (©Zébra3)

Les Frères Chapuisat - La Station Orbitale, Peri-urban Refuge # 11 - 2019

Study and production - Arboretum, Saint-Médard-en-Jalles
Inauguration Thursday June 13 at 6 p.m.
Presentation of the book Les Refuges Périurbains (co-edition Bordeaux Métropole & Wild Project) with Bruit du Frigo, followed by a conference by the Chapuisat Brothers, June 14 at 7 p.m. at the Fabrique Pola - 10 quai de Brazza in Bordeaux

A strange vessel has landed on the peri-urban planet. A labyrinthine structure, erected towards the sky, composed of capsules skilfully stacked and supported by numerous pillars. You enter by a slope, a sort of launching ramp, opening onto a collective space made up of four capsules gathered around a central table. On the ceiling, hatches lead to two floors of individual capsules, offering three minimalist modules of 1 meter high. The evolution in the Refuge is reminiscent of that of astronauts in a space station, less weightlessness. We crouch, we sneak, we pull ourselves up, we climb. The benchmarks are upset. The body moves and contorts. Space trips are planned thanks to the roof terrace on the last level, a belvedere perched 6 meters high. The supreme reward of these multiple acrobatics will then be offered, a breathtaking view of the surrounding environment: in the distance, housing estates, sports fields, an archery range, a vast forest, and yours. feet, the cycle path, a river, an educational pond, plant species and a prolific fauna. A refuge that is both an astronomical observation station and a dizzying peri-urban odyssey.

The Arboretum is a wooded meadow at the entrance to Jalles Park, populated by endemic species: pedunculate oaks, maritime pines, birches, willows and vergens. This intimate 1 hectare site is located at the intersection of three remarkable areas. To the north, the Bois des Sources offers many walks between the water catchment points of the metropolis. To the south, the sports and recreational plain on the banks of Jalles hosts major public events. To the west, finally, lies the Camp des Lanciers, an astonishing subdivision built according to the checkerboard plan of a former military camp from 1845. The Peri-urban Refuge La Station orbitale overlooks the Jalle, a tributary of the Garonne and makes opposite the Eiffel bridge from the Bordeaux-Lacanau cycle path. Playing both the role of landmark and observatory, it shivers at the croaking of the nearby educational pond.

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The Chapuisat Brothers

The Chapuisat Brothers create contextual and performative works, at the crossroads of sculpture and micro-architecture, most often ephemeral and self-constructed. Their constructions transform the space, inverting the external and internal links and playing with the perception of a subjective reality. They require the active participation of visitors, putting them in the position of explorers. These environments break visual and intellectual habits, testing explorers and forcing them to believe in their senses. Often compared to cocoons or burrows, these installations conceal remarkable powers. They provoke ambiguous emotional reactions in visitors, like dreams that mix curiosity, surprise and discomfort.

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A strange vessel has landed on the suburban planet. It is a tall, labyrinth-like structure, made up of skillfully stacked capsules, all supported by many pillars. You enter via a ramp, a kind of launch pad, that opens onto a shared space built around a central table and four fold-down benches. Hatches on the ceiling lead to two floors of individual capsules, offering three minimalist pods that are a little over 3 ft high. Moving through the shelter is similar to the way in which astronauts move through a space station, minus the weightlessness. You crouch down, you weave in and out, you climb. The points of reference are turned upside down. The body moves and twists. The shelter's exits have been planned out with roof terraces, all transformed for the most adventurous to climb to the final, 30 ft high lookout area. Those who reach the top will be rewarded with unparalleled views of the surrounding area: the housing estates, the sports fields, an archery stand, a vast forest, are all in the distance, and then close by there is the cycle track, a river , a teaching pond. This shelter is both a star-gazing station and a dizzying, suburban odyssey.

The Arboretum is a wooded meadow at the entrance of the parc des Jalles, populated with native species: pedunculate oaks, maritime pines, birches, willows and speckled alders. This intimate 2.5 acre site is located at the crossroads between three noteworthy areas. The bois des Sources, offering numerous walks around the city's water catchment areas, is to the north. To the south, the sports and leisure facilities along the banks of the Jalle play host to large public events. Finally, to the west, the Camp des Lanciers housing estate has been built in blocks on the site of a former military camp dating back to 1845. La Station orbitale Suburban Shelter overlooks the Jalle, a tributary of the Garonne River, and faces the Eiffel Bridge on the Bordeaux-Lacanau cycle track. Simultaneously playing the role of both landmark and observatory, it shudders at the croaking of the nearby pond.

In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

The Chapuisat Brothers

The Chapuisat Brothers create contextual and performative works that are situated at the crossroad between sculpture and micro-architecture; their work is most often short-lived and self-constructed. Their constructions transform space, reversing interior and exterior boundaries and toying with the perception of a subjective reality. They demand active participation from visitors, putting them in the position of being an explorer. These environments break down visual and intellectual norms, testing the explorers and forcing them to trust in their senses. These installations are often compared with cocoons or burrows, they possess remarkable powers. They provoke ambiguous, emotional reactions in visitors, such as dreams in which curiosity, surprise and discomfort all combine together.

In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

Refuge in the process of being manufactured. installation at the end of May 2019.

Reservation for one night (free) on lesrefuges.bordeaux-metropole.fr

In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

Information and booking (free) on lesrefuges.bordeaux-metropole.fr

The peri-urban refuges project is an initiative of Bruit du frigo , carried out in collaboration with Zébra3. It is supported and financed by Bordeaux Métropole, with the participation of the host municipalities.  

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