an antidote to the scaffolds of steel and plastic that line the city streets, french studio atelier vecteur has constructed an oscillating timber tunnel in nantes to protect pedestrians from a nearby construction site. made from a single similar section of wood, the pavilion creates a dynamic landscape, interspersed with moments of pause and light, that guides city goers safely past the site. 


the installation frames the street and the construction site that it protects

 

 

the installation was realized as part of the festival voyage à nantes, a celebration of the city’s history and culture that manifests in a variety of events, installations, happenings and performances. atelier vecteur takes an essential part of city life — the scaffold tunnel — and effectively turns it into a living breathing art piece. ‘the wooden installation attracts the passer-by to enter and leave on a trip’, explains the studio. ‘the journey carries the visitor along the route.’


an antidote to the scaffolds of steel and plastic that line the city streets

 

 

green spaces are integrated into the journey of the piece, alongside benches and alcoves that allow visitors moments of reflection. careful arrangement of the myriad wooden slats has resulted in a single churning vortex, a peaceful portal that connects and intersects the city’s streets, becoming a vital — if temporary — addition to the natural geography of nantes.  


the installation was realized as part of the festival voyage à nantes


green spaces are integrated into the journey of the piece…


…alongside benches and alcoves that allow visitors moments of reflection 


careful arrangement of the myriad wooden slats has resulted in a single churning vortex, a peaceful portal 


the course is adapted to the street, it changes as the path progresses 


the succession of wooden frames is punctuated by air, like the bellows of an accordion


the frames create a peaceful, multi-sensory experience


made from a single similar section of wood, the tunnel creates a dynamic landscape


the intervention appeals to all the senses: touch, sight, smell and sound

 

 

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edited by: peter corboy | designboom

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