For this Element's project, we chose as our site the Church's forecourt, which is situated next to a very dense street. This site gives the pedestrian two possible paths differentiated by two varied heights, but we've noticed that the pedestrian doesn't use this path in front of the Church. We wanted to change that and encourage the pedestrian to walk on this forecourt.
What if we got away from the urban density that is present in the town of Lausanne ? This constant agitation, this permanent movement, dominating this street. People pass, fuss around, without striving to look at the beauty that surrounds them. Let us make them look above them just one second. Let us stop them in their tracks. Let us peek their curiosity. Put yourself above this density. Close behind you and rest for a moment. Look around you and breathe.
Photos of our site
Our drawings were enriched by a number axonometric details, a global axonometry and the doors' movement.
Monge in 1:20
Axonometry in 1 : 10
Axonometry in 1 : 10
Details in axonometry
Movement of the doors
Monge of the element in 1:10
At first, our element looked entirely different, with the main structure taking up an important space, but also being the main part that we saw. It also wasn't just one element, but an addition of elements. We then tried to lighten the structure, creating an element with more grace. The shape of the platform isn't a simple rectangle, but was designed according to the angles that join the church's door. Furthermore, we decided to reproduce the angle of the church, which has an inclination of 5° according to the railing.
Evolution of the project
Our final maquette, inserted in our site
Our element is finally built on the site. It sits above the railing, but the railing is a main source of support. Such a slim elevation, almost as if the platform was floating above our heads. Offering a special observatory, private and open at the same time, still and moving with the street rush.
As a final step, we built the element on the site and finally got to see the result of our work. The aim that was to peek pedestrians' curiosity was achieved, as we saw that many people stopped to at our element.
Front view of our element from the Church's forecourt, with closed doors
Front view of our element from the other side of the street, with the movement of the door
Side view of our element
Side view of our element at night
Interaction of our element with the site
Element in 1:1 on the site