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Competition: Chaîne des Parcs cabins, France

Louvre-Lens by Sanaa
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An open international contest has been launched for a series of €5,500 temporary cabins in the historic Artois province of northern France

The ‘l’Odyssée des Cabanes’ competition seeks innovative proposals for a range of 20m² bothies to be constructed within the Chaîne des Parcs regional park. It is open to urban designers, architects, planners, artists, and landscape architects.

The call for concepts – backed by local development agency Euralens – will select six winning schemes to be constructed next year within the 2,200ha parkland which connects seven former mining sites in the wider Pas-de-Calais area. Concepts may harness any material but must be weather resistant.

According to the brief: ‘The “cabin” is here conceived as a structure that gives the walker, the tourist, or the user the opportunity to appropriate the landscape, to observe nature, to play, to rest, to meet, to interact or even to experiment.

‘It must be an attraction that encourages the discovery of the parks. It should be eco-constructed, less than 20m² of footprint. The projects can be prefabricated and installed on site or built during an on-site residence.’

Chaîne des Parcs is a new regional park designed by French landscape architect Michel Desvigne, which connects together a number of former mines within the Pas-de-Calais area of northern France.

Projects so far delivered as part of the initiative include Parc des Îles by Ilex Landscape Architecture and the 20ha Louvre-Lens (pictured) by Sanaa.

The free-to-enter competition is part of the DYSSÉE-Euralens 2019 event. Submissions will be judged on their design quality, use of environmentally-friendly materials, functionality, economic viability, originality, and suitability for a range of uses within the wider park.

Each winning team will receive €1,500 worth of expenses and €5,500 to deliver their scheme which will be expected to remain on site between May and September next year.

Applications may be in English or French and should include a 3D image, diagrams, a budget and up to 1,500 characters of description.

The deadline for applications is 15 February.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

Contact details

Projet L’Odyssée des Cabanes
Maison Syndicale des Mineurs
30/32 rue Casimir Beugnet
62300 LENS

Email: lodysseedescabanes@gmail.com

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