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. Built in a vegetable river, the structure of wooden frames guides passengers in an initiatory journey to the discovery of the garden. Once permeated, these frames create atmospheres, sets of lights that define the views, direct the gaze, transform the landscape at each turn. See how amazing this tunnel is and how the french studio managed to make it beautiful!
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. ‘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.’
Like a river of water coiled in its meanders, the “architectural river” appears, sometimes majestic, sometimes drowned in the thickness of the foliage. On a bank, an extent of aromatics seems to penetrate the structure; On the other bank, a flowery meadow of nectariferous plants. The innumerable plants, with subtly associated shapes, textures and colors play with wind and light, carry odors, produce sounds.
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 large expanses of perennials and grasses undulate with remodeled soil. The topography of the garden pace the walk builds on the structure. The garden gives life to the object, the object structures the garden.