Cabins are thought of as places to escape the humdrum of daily life in the popular imagination. Not surprisingly, they can be imaginative structures themselves, ranging from the rustic constructions to modern beauties. In France, visual artist Lou Andréa Lassalle created this extraordinary cabin on the shores of a lake near Bordeaux, establishing an inviting spot for city dwellers to come and enjoy the natural delights of this region.
Built as part of the Refuges Périurbains, which offers overnight stays in a series of these temporary installations scattered all around the city's periphery, Lassalle's Prism cabin is envisioned as an eyepiece that refracts the unseen subtleties of the landscape. The idea of this prism-like function is enhanced with the structure's gorgeous stained glass windows.
The Prism is a place between two dimensions. One between oneself in which one retires, conducive to revelations. A new omen, a place to live alone or with a group with whom to remake the world. Between the glass facets of this new refuge, the lights and the world diffract to reveal unsuspected nuances. We rediscover the landscape, its different specters invisible to the naked eye. A horizon full of phantasmagoric visions, waiting for its revelation. Under the prism of this new refuge, an entire universe has to be reinvented, in this intimate and silent place, floating between the real and the dream.
The Prism stands at the edge of La Blanche lake in Ambares-et-Lagrave. According to Lassalle, its enigmatic form, bookended by two Sphinx-like references, "concentrates all the positive energies of La Blanche," and "evokes the esotericism of the waterbank where local fish, monsters from the depths, high voltage towers and natural fog mix."
That microcosmic vision of mythical nature interwoven with the man-made meshes well with the macrocosmic vision of these peri-urban refuges as a whole: as Wikipedia defines it, "peri-urbanization relates to those processes of dispersive urban growth that creates hybrid landscapes of fragmented urban and rural characteristics." In these so-called "rurban" spaces, urban and rural uses of land are inter-mixed, and right here, on the edge of the lake, with the temporary human occupation of this otherwise natural spot on the shore, we have the same thing happening but on a smaller scale.
While the cabin doesn't have plumbing or electricity, it features a outdoor deck and a dry composting toilet, and enough space inside to host up to eight people. It's basic, but pre-reservations are free for one night, and the idea is to get people out of the city and back into nature, if only for a short while. For more information, visit Refuges Périurbains and Lou Andréa Lassalle.
[Via: Faith Is Torment]