The Encounter // ‘Lively Architecture Festival’ in Montpelier

Floats by Angela Co,  Image Courtesy of FAV, photo © Paul Koslowski

With a mission to promote and celebrate Architecture and with a greater hope to make it accessible to a wider public, the ”Lively Architecture Festival” came back with force for the sixth consecutive year in the city of Montpelier in the South of France. Being a must see event in the summer calendar FAV festival (Festival des Architectures Vives) transformed Montpelier during the course of five days into a creative hub with 11 Architectural teams responding to this year theme: “The Encounter”.

Floats by Angela Co,  Image Courtesy of FAV, photo © Paul Koslowski

Angela Co in front of her FLOATs,  Image Courtesy of FAV, photo © Paul Koslowski

This year, FAV received 120 applications and made a final selection of eleven teams of architects. One of the installations that caught our eye was that of Angela CO who created the ”Floats” a site-specific installation of oversized silver balloon disks. The disks reminiscent of a donut’s shape, aimed at inviting people to explore their form and shape. The disks were a welcome addition to the courtyard filling the space and serving as a continuation of a research program that is in progress and examines the possibilities of sensation that ephemeral objects in a constructed environment evoke.

Between Doors by Moba Studio, Image Courtesy of FAV, photo © Paul Koslowski

Between Doors”, an installation by MOBA STUDIO (I. Kovačević / Y. Vašourková/ K. Srámková / Z. Kuldová / B. Simonová / M. Neruda /T. Dufková), perfectly responded to this year’s theme: The Encounter. The array of doors, which the architects turned into an interactive installation, aimed at reintroducing to the public the sometimes forgotten value of personal contact. Moba Studio selected different doors from demolished buildings and installed them in the middle of a courtyard inviting the public to open them encountering in such a way their history and what they represent. Some of the doors selected were from a prison, from an apartment and from a shopping gallery. When the visitors opened the different doors they came into direct contact with the different ‘world’ the doors represented. This intellectual game communicated to the public the meaning of a real and personal contact in a very direct and yet metaphorical way.

Ma Cour Dants ta Cour by Plux.5, Image Couresy of FAV, photo © Paul Koslowski

Ma Cour Dants ta Cour by Plux.5, Image Couresy of FAV, photo © Paul Koslowski

Ma Cour dants ta cour”, an installation by Plux.5 (M. Charbonneau / O. Bourgeois / J-B Morissette / J-P Saucier /  E. Bernier) won the prize of the public and aimed at investigating the Encounter between the image of the courtyard from Montpellier and the allegory of the Quebecois courtyard through its archetypes. The installation was playful, colorful and intrigued the visitors’ imagination.

Expo d’Expe by GoaGroup, Image Courtesy of FAV, photo © Paul Koslowski

Expo d’Expe by GoaGroup, Image Courtesy of FAV, photo © Paul Koslowski

Expo d’Expe by GoaGroup, Image Courtesy of FAV, photo © Paul Koslowski

Expo d’expe” by GoaGroup (N. Canessa / N. Pisani / G. Pisani / P.Raffetto) won the Jury Prize. This installation made out of huge white cylinders invited the public to hide and wander around and inside them. Again an undertone of the sense of community and communication was evoked and developed as the visitors explored this interactive installation. Once more, the theme: Encounter was perfectly manifested through this sight-specific installation, which encouraged the visitors to leave their traces, by drawing on the white cylinders.

Remy Roux inside the Balade Sensorielle, Image Courtesy of FAV, photo © Paul Koslowski

Balade Sensorielle by Remy Roux, Image Courtesy of FAV, photo © Paul Koslowski

Balade Sensorielle by Remy Roux, Image Courtesy of FAV, photo © Paul Koslowski

Balade Sensorielle by Remy Roux, Image Courtesy of FAV, photo © Paul Koslowski

The Special Award was given to Remy Roux for the installation: ”Balade Sensorielle”, an installation, which was more like a sensory trip. The visitors by sitting on the wooden frames/boxes were encouraged to try and guess who was at the other end. The installation aimed at developing their curiosity and their urge to discover the person at the other side.  Balade Sensorielle was a witty and interactive installation that aimed at sharpening someone’s perception.

Dots by RD Factory, Image Courtesy of FAV, photo © Paul Koslowski

Dots by RD Factory, Image Courtesy of FAV, photo © Paul Koslowski

DOTS” Installation by RD Factory (S. Dambielle/ F. Roussin) was a passage of oversized dots, which aimed at encouraging the visitors to take small and different steps. In such a way the visitors were able to create their own channel within the colorful dots around them animating and in a way dictating their own distinct route.

Souffle by Hold Up Architecture, Image Courtesy of FAV, photo © Paul Koslowski

Souffle by Hold Up Architecture, Image Courtesy of FAV, photo © Paul Koslowski

Hold Up Architecture, Image Courtesy of FAV, photo © Paul Koslowski

Souffle” by Hold Up Architecture (R.Bardin / G. Jounet) made a big impression as it looked like a foreign body, which accidentally landed with the courtyard. Souffle, a word that in French means Breath, served as a refuge that the visitors could temporarily access. Inside the installation a microphone invited  the visitors to use it and in such a way influence the projections on the ceiling.

Le Mur Du Mou by Yok Yok, Image Courtesy of FAV, photo © Paul Koslowski

Le Mur Du Mou by Yok Yok, Image Courtesy of FAV, photo © Paul Koslowski

Le Mur Du Mou by Yok Yok, Image Courtesy of FAV, photo © Paul Koslowski

Yok Yok, Image Courtesy of FAV, photo © Paul Koslowski

Le Mur Du Mou”, an installation by Yok Yok (S. Fuhrman / S. Lacoste / L. Pinsard) consisted of multiple mirrors, which reflected both the surrounding environment and the image of the person who explored it. This installation proved to be an interesting game, which played with perception, the image and the surrounding architecture. Finally ”Will” installation by Universite D’AALTO was textile sculpture in the middle of a courtyard. The light, which came through created different shades while the wind moved the textiles making it look like a living organism within the space.

Will by Universite D’AALTO, Image Courtesy of FAV, photo © Paul Koslowski

Will by Universite D’AALTO, Image Courtesy of FAV, photo © Paul Koslowski

Ondes De Choc” by D!ENTRE (Florine Sachy / Arnaud Manneheut / Audrey Rzentkowski / Jérôme Scorielle), was a spectacular sound installation that aimed at providing a meeting point between heritage and contemporary architecture. When people were visiting the courtyard, the installation moved and created sounds, which in turn symbolized the merge of the space’s heritage with modern architecture.

Ondes De Choc by D!ENTRE,  Image Courtesy of FAV, photo © Paul Koslowski

Ondes De Choc by D!ENTRE,  Image Courtesy of FAV, photo © Paul Koslowski

The intallation for the INFO Point of FAV by architect Guillaume Girod, Image Courtesy of FAV, photo © Paul Koslowski

sources:

FAV (Festival des Architectures Vives)

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