A PROJECT FOR A PATH
Universidade do Porto
The development of a project for a scouting client involves an understanding of its vision of the natural space and of its ways to interact with it. The demanded program was initialy focused on the construction of a new classroom to amplify the Scouts headquarters, in La Malègue, in the city of La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland. However, the program quickly adapted itself to the scouts way of living and playing in the terrain.
The response to the problem evolved into a hike, merging architecture with the scouts activities and unique way of interaction with the natural space. The project developed into two objects connected by this walk. One of the buildings represents the ephemeral way of scout construction - pioneering - while the other adopts the same basic structural principles, even though it aims for permanence. The latter is the desired classroom for the younger scouts in La Malègue. The former, emcompasses a scout activity in nature that involves a walk to a shelter built by the the scouts themselves for short staying in Dent de Lys, in the Bernese Alps, at 2014m high.
More than just creating a classroom, one intends to emphasize the areas of playground in the terrain according to the classes and games played by the scouts. Therefore, questions are posed related to the first gesture of the terrain, and how to adapt to the new dinamics requested by the client. Also taken into account are its construction techniques – pionneirism – with the goal of using it as a reference for the project. The cultural heritage of the country, as well as its construction traditions, are confronted with an academic portuguese education.
The analyses of the terrain from a scale 1/1000 allied to the portuguese traditions led to the need of a study of a more distant impression with a scale 1/25000, to then return to the focus of the building on the scale 1/50. Finally, it was tested a prototype construction at 1/1, where one experiences the direct contact of the body with the materials and its ways of being used.