An island stands in the centre of the étang de Clermont : four landscape archiects have set foot ther, to display a blank page open on to the Hortillonnages, a snow-white artistic gesture. Rather than a medium, the island becomes a work of art : at the entrance to the plot, a cabin made out of dark wooden planks has been preserved in its original condition so as not to alter its wooden architecture. Only its main façade has been exposed to the landscape, a window open to the tranquil presence of the water and the surrounding tangle of vegetation. The rectangle thus created frames the view like a picture, while the interior of the dwelling, painted white, is transformed into a light, intimate and tranquil room. The rest of the island also fits in with the white theme : thirty or so varieties of flowers have been planted in a flower meadow, an undulating stratum which emphasies the area’s slight gradient. On the banks, the tree trunks have been whitewashed to reveal their architectural strength. For relaxing, trampoline netting stretched over metal frames is transformed into giant sun loungers. The reversible installation delicately questions the future, ready to move aside to welcome future generations.
Atelier Les jardiniers nomades : Stanislas Bah Chuzeville, Arnaud Mermet-Gerlat, Michaël de Tourdonnet, Florian Michel