Architect: Reiulf Ramstad Architects
Location: ROSHEIM, France
The journey to discover forgotten landscapes or to take a different view on everyday landscapes is addressed to both local users and tourists. Along the 11km path goes a story, which the stops split into five chapters of different sequences of landscapes offering varied universes and highlighting remarkable sites. Unusual elements punctuate the way, aiming at awakening the visitor’s senses, and water is encountered repeatedly.
The pavilion has a labyrinthine character and plays with the irregular concave and convex interior, which the visitors are free to roam. The train tracks are conserved in that area, benches are built, and openings are created to open or close the sculpture to chosen views of the surrounding landscape allowing for viewing, seating – reflection, and contemplation.
The river, which historically allowed connection to the world and tells about the true cleanliness of a place. It is a dynamic element in the landscape, running to the ocean. We enlarge the riverbed and build a large open space amphitheater to access the water.
After a long green tunnel, two large corten steel plates amplify the opening effect at the end of the forest corridor to the open landscape, embodying a gate and opening a perspective towards Mont St-Odile, which develops the idea of discovery.
Closed for years and ongoing a “renaturalization” process, the quarries symbolize the reconquest of the vegetation on a former industrial site. On one of the highest platforms created by the machine, will the traveler discover the most spectacular work: a promontory in corten steel offering a wide view of the valley of Rosheim and the plain of Alsace. From this viewpoint inspired by a four-leaf clover, the visitor will feel lucky to enjoy the view of such a beautiful territory.
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