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The Presidents medals 2001 SOM prize winner

Paul la Tourelle

THE ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION Tutors: Johannes Kõferstein, Jamie Fobert On the Make By constructing a series of tools and then dismantling them, la Tourelle evolved a conceptual body of work which informed the design for a bridge and lodge in the Swiss Alps. The bridge, a steel surface, extends from two tunnels and unfolds on two scales over the valley, forming a structure which spans 100m. Its tunnels and foundations accommodate the lodge in the mass of the mountains.The bridge, a structure and building, demanded an investigation of the relationship between architecture and engineering. Folding, stitching and their antitheses were the physical mechanisms and conceptual tools used to develop an approach to structure and surface. The project pursued structural necessity and architectonic articulation as a single path.

GH'Visually it was a great response to the site'

FM'It's a beautiful bridge- treated perhaps too much like sculpture and too little as a piece of engineering. But it is ambitious' MH'It's so complete- nicely consistent'

LO'The composition is stunning-if you saw it you would die, fabulous, gorgeous'

MM'The model is very well crafted'

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