The Frame
June 2017 // School Project // Individual Work
This project is composed of many units which create a particular flowing shape when they are assembled. These assembled units make several structures which are benches. They are placed all along the 50 hostages avenue (Nantes, France) in taking into account the actual environment since it circulates around the existing elements (bus stops, vegetation, buildings, etc.)

The units are also the shelf for pictures which are about the place overtime. In fact, you can see here that the photos are cut and put directly on the side of the bench. The vision is bump and people have to stop to watch it even if we see clearly what it
is. More, the flowing shape of the structure is made to allow people to see it even if they are sit on it.

The shape of the bench allows many other things. 1st, just some part of it allow to sit normally. On the other parts, you have to be face to other people with the slopes and the curves of the structures. Then, the slopes include several levels which permit different points of view to watch around us or even the pictures with different heights.

The wood allows the visibility. Indeed, the main material used here is the stone and the main colour of the place is the grey. In this way, the frame is easily visible. It’s made in Acacia which is a perfect wood for exterior structures. It resists well to the bad weather, parasites and insects. More, it is nonslip and never boiling hot. Then, even after a
long time under the sun, we can sit on it.


Then, the structures are placed all along the avenue, and it can be at specific places. Indeed, many places and buildings have an interesting and emblematic history.
For example here, the bench is placed at the corner of Barillerie street and Penthièvre lane. When you look up, you can see two wrought iron signboard representing a rat created by Chabas, a cloth merchant, in 1798. We talk about a “Rat goutteux” and it’s a reminder of the past of the place.

Indeed, in the earlier part of the 20th century, the Erdre flew there but it led a lot of floods and it was a real playground for the rats, like all the cities crossed by watercourses. The rivier has been diverted to pass throught a tunnel under the Cours Saint André and Saint pierre before reaching the Canal Saint Félix. The aim was to plug the watercourse.

Work began in 1929 and it has been driven by Karl Hotz, a german engineer. It has been inaugurated in 1934 and it became an important artery of circulation. It was called the Boulevard de l’Erdre»
Here, the Frame is placed near the statue of the Général de Gaulle created in 2010 by Francoise Boudier, face to the 50 hostages statue, created by the architect Fradin in 1952. To tell you the story, Karl Hotz came back in Nantes in 1940 as the commander of the occupation forces during the Second World War, but some war resistants killed him.

To react, the german General Von Stülpnagel order to enforce 50 hostages, some of which in Nantes, hence the name of the street.

One last example where the structure is next to La Pérouse hotel which is one of the most famous contemporary building of the city. It has been built in 1990 by Barto and Barto, in the continuity of buildings of the 19th century in the avenue of the 50 hostages. It’s known for its tilted angle, which receives in 1995 a design quality distinction.
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