Parisian practice Atelier YokYok had one of the three winning entries that will be installed during the 2015 Cahors Juin Jardins, coming up this June in Cahors, France. Starting out with more humble beginnings in June 2006, the garden festival has grown (no pun intended) into a public festival that showcases over two dozen landscape-themed art installations. The festival also hosts a month-long variety of social events, performances, talks, and more.
Donning a vivid cobalt blue, Atelier YokYok's net-like design "Les voûtes filantes" (roughly translated to Shooting Vaults) will be displayed at the cloister at St. Stephen's Cathedral. The project is a collaboration with metal sculptor Ulysse Lacoste.
Project description (translated with Google Translate):
"At the heart of the cloister of the cathedral, wired and transparent volumes are deployed under the gaze of curious pedestrians.
"Atrium Ljungberg [one of Sweden’s largest listed real estate companies] on the choice of Belatchew Arkitekter as the winner: 'For a very attractive and inspiring proposal, called the HagaTwist, the architects have placed great value on a human, sustainable and symbolic interpretation. The HagaTwist is a sculptural building where function, form and materials contrast with its surroundings and in an appealing way enriches and contributes to the fulfillment of the vision for Hagastaden. A landmark building that welcomes, invites and creates great curiosity.'"
"The sacred architecture that surrounds it is called here in all its syncretic dimension. Bows of all origins are connected by a wired envelope and colorful that filters the light and looks."
"The building has been named the HagaTwist which alludes to its twisted shape, but also on the program that combines work with pleasure, the individual with the collective. The HagaTwist also refers to the DNA helix, since the area has a life science theme. The lightweight structure is in wood, turning smoothly from one floor to the other, through a wide and inviting multi-functional staircase connecting the main floor with the upper floor and roof terrace in a seamless way. With ongoing activities both day and night, the HagaTwist becomes a vibrant place that lights up even when the surrounding offices have closed for the day.
'This is a unique project on a very particular place. The HagaTwist has a smooth sculptural form with a flexible program inviting us to the meeting places of the future,' says Rahel Belatchew Lerdell, CEO of Belatchew Arkitekter."
"One enters the cloud architecture, light and hybrid where the vaults are changing. Visitors stroll to the heart of the plot, secret cloister set abyss. The gaze falls then rises."
All images courtesy of Atelier YokYok.
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