A Thousand Traps to Escape / Olivier Bourgeois and EAUL atelier 5D

© Jean-François Noël / Atelier 5D / Marika Drolet-Ferguson

“A Thousand Traps to Escape” is a temporary installation designed by 13 students from Laval University under Olivier Bourgeois in the Magdalen Islands in Quebec, Canada.  The project builds on the collaboration of themes of architecture, art, landscape and installation in the creation of space based on simple materials, the landscape and “the basic rules of construction”.  The “local material” chosen for this construction is the ubiquitous lobster trap made of wood and fishnet.  Its formal simplicity allowed for an basic stacking technique that produced relatively complex visual results of transparencies and opacities.

Read on for more information on the development of this project.

© Jean-François Noël / Atelier 5D / Marika Drolet-Ferguson

The group chose a concept based on the ideas proposed by Krystina Tremblay’s and Olivier Lord’s during a design “workshop”; the drive for the construction was one that exploits the site’s characteristics and the constraints of the material.  The horizontality and fluidity of the sea inspired two main lines of the structure, creating a duality of themes. “Approaching the structure, the visitor perceives a long barrier, similar to the dune protective sand fencing. He is then brought to walk along the stacked traps, enfolded between the fishnet visual filter, sand dune and the red sandstone cliff. The path leads to end with to a circular enclosure, a space of gathering and evasion within these thousand traps.”  - Olivier Bourgeois

© Jean-François Noël / Atelier 5D / Marika Drolet-Ferguson

When stacked and layered, the resulting pavilion creates an protective enclosure from the wind, while still offering views of the sea and dunes.  The circular enclosure produced the perfect arena for a musical night around the fire. “The members of the group and some locals benefited of this installation for a memorable musical night around the fire. At dusk, the aged wood and fishnet merged visually with the beach sand, while contrasting sharply with the cliffs.”

© Jean-François Noël / Atelier 5D / Marika Drolet-Ferguson

The project was completed in five days, from transportation to dismantling the installation.  This project epitomizes the spontaneous and temporary generation of space for community use, while being efficient in construction techniques, construction materials, and design innovation.

Architect: Olivier Bourgeois, EAUL atelier 5D
Location: Magdalen Islands, Quebec, Canada
Year: 2011
Design team: Krystina Tremblay / Olivier Lord
Implementation team : Olivier Bourgeois / Gaston Bourgeois / Yann Bousquet / Claudie-Anne Charest / Marika Drolet-Ferguson / Olivier Lord / Claire Mendousse / Marilyne Primeau / Krystina Tremblay / Rosa Karina Figueroa Barba / Thibalut Frecon / Monica Landgrave Serrano / Lauranne Péan / Antoine Vacheron / Lionel Herinckx
Photographs : Jean-François Noël / Atelier 5D / Marika Drolet-Ferguson

Cite: Vinnitskaya, Irina. "A Thousand Traps to Escape / Olivier Bourgeois and EAUL atelier 5D" 14 Feb 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=206739>
  • dmv

    get serious… please

  • F

    On peut vraiment faire n’importe quoi!

    I believe this neither architecture or construction or form… its a reconstructed landscape that is present beside any fisherman’s house.


    • F_response

      Truth is in the eye of the beholder.

      Il faut etre aveugle pour ne pas voir de l architecture ou de la construction dans ce projet. N est ce pas un mur parce qu ils utilisent des casiers a la place de briques! S’il y a un mur, c est donc qu il y a construction et si elle est pensee c est donc qu il y a architecture. CQFD

  • archi

    “A thousand traps to escape”.

    Sounds like an architect’s daily workflow.

  • Ali

    anyway, it was a pleasant experience.