Chapelle Sainte Geneviève

Chapelle Sainte Geneviève

Architect
OBIKA Architecture
Location
Saint-Maurice-sous-les-Côtes, France
Project Year
2014
Category
Chapels
Nicolas Waltefaugle

Chapelle Sainte Geneviève

OBIKA Architecture as Architects

At the heart of the Regional Park of Lorraine, the conversion of the Sainte Geneviève Chapel in Saint Maurice sous les Côtes is the fruit of a meeting driven by the desire to promote the existing heritage in a rural area. Give it a second life, transform this place of worship into a place of welcome for hikers or cultural events. "What strikes you immediately in Obika's work is this ability to combine a pragmatic approach, a" peasant good sense "that they claim, and a poetic universe that calls on the child in each of we. Telling stories through their projects is at the heart of their practice. It's as much about figuring out future uses, about postures, as about developing an imaginary world around the project and its meanings. Their small extension for the Sainte- Geneviève chapel, intended to welcome hikers, thus becomes "a sleeping beauty", who seems to have always been there waiting for us at the edge of the forest. The few bulbs arranged under the frame are enough to create a unique atmosphere. The architectural devices they put in place are simple. They echo the words of landscape gardener Gilles Clément, who proposes to do with and not against. Do with local materials, with geographically close craftsmen because it makes sense for their practice that incorporates a real commitment to the environment: know the place, use the already-there, implement environmentally friendly materials. If Katarina Malingrey and Caroline Leloup often choose wood in their achievements, it is for its constructive intelligence, but also for its modularity that allows a quick implementation. At the chapel, the repetition of the small wooded farmhouses forms the vault of the extension. Decreasing the sections and multiplying the parts allows the project to crystallize in its structure. This attitude is described by architects as primarily pragmatic. In a tense economic context, there is no possibility to add, dress, "decorate". This strategy makes it possible to "make architecture" when the client's request consists only of upgrading an existing building. To invent the order, to simulate it by exchanges between them, is to raise the level of requirement. It is for them to exercise their responsibility as architects, in a society that often feels they can do without their skills. "

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