Inspired by a novel written by Swiss writer Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz where the main character Antoine manages to survive seven weeks under the rocks after a rock fall in the Alps, Bureau A created the same-titled project ‘Antoine’ as a tribute to the alpine experience and to the writer.
The small wooden cabin, big enough for the life of one man, is hidden inside a projected concrete rock. Referring to the long lasting Swiss tradition of hidden bunkers, the project integrates the highly urbanized landscape of the Alps. Antoine camouflages with its surrounding to create an alpine shelter where one can freely enter and hide. It contains the very basic architectural elements – fire place, bed, table, stool, window – but demands to the visitor some risk taking as the rock hangs literally on the rock fall field. The shelter was a commission by the artist residency Verbier 3d Foundation. It was self-built in the village and transported to the high-altitude sculpture park.
All images © Dylan Perrenoud