Haven / NAS architecture

Haven / NAS architecture

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Aigues-Mortes, France
  • Architects: NAS architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  25 Area:  25
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015 Year:  2015
  • Photographs Photographs:  Courtesy of NAS architecture

Text description provided by the architects. Haven is a pavilion that uses the memory of the place to create his own contemporary heritage. Stuck in the monolithic density of Aigues-Mortes, this installation contrast by its materiality, like an unexpected guest gently protecting the city.

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Courtesy of NAS architecture

Haven is a place of serenity, withdrawal and tranquility. Nestled on the ramparts of Aigues Mortes, the pavilion hang the existing walls, creating an outgrowth based on a truncated volume. This shell of wood comes to marry the mineral materiality of place, like a reminiscence of ancient installations.

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Courtesy of NAS architecture

The interior passage is intended as a space for contemplation and experimentation. The game of the differents cutted plans come to filter the light and provide an unexpected wood tunnel.

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Courtesy of NAS architecture

Haven is visible by all from the outside but offers a more intimate and sensory experience on the inside.

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Courtesy of NAS architecture

The construction of the pavilion was an impressive challenge. The aim was to make the pavilion like floating on the wall. Using the existing rate of  holes in the rampart, the main structure was sized to fit perfectly with them.

Section 2
Section 2

The arches were created with thin plates of plywoo,  every one is different from the other, creating a twisting galerie on the inside and a sculptural shape on the outside.

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Courtesy of NAS architecture

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Cite: "Haven / NAS architecture" 16 Oct 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/775283/haven-nas-architecture> ISSN 0719-8884
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