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Camail

Revitalization of the Fort de Villiers

Prix W 2018

Architecture contest for students and young architects

April 2018

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Raphaël Vouilloz

The Prix W is an ideas contest for students and young architects, organised each year by the Fondation of the French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. It suggests the meeting of heritage with contemporary creation. This year, the competition asked to revitalize the Fort de Villiers, an abandoned military building in the Parisian suburbs. Through architectural grafting, the goal was to turn it into a 15,000 m2 centre dedicated to innovation, sport and culture.

The Camail project takes its name from the mesh armour that once defended the head and neck. The graft reverses the paradigm by offering protection to this fort, which is now a neglected heritage.
A mesh thus covers the existing one and generates new spaces, dialoguing with its facades with rich military ornamentation, that can be found both inside and outside. The aesthetic character of the heritage is then fully assumed. Also, the wall at the far north of the upper part of the fort, currently buried in a mound, is excavated and becomes the main facade of the site, such as the face of the subject protected by the camail.

The first prize went to Clément Raimbault.

Click here to the website of the contest.

The Prix W is an ideas contest for students and young architects, organised each year by the Fondation of the French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. It suggests the meeting of heritage with contemporary creation. This year, the competition asked to revitalize the Fort de Villiers, an abandoned military building in the Parisian suburbs. Through architectural grafting, the goal was to turn it into a 15,000 m2 centre dedicated to innovation, sport and culture.

The Camail project takes its name from the mesh armour that once defended the head and neck. The graft reverses the paradigm by offering protection to this fort, which is now a neglected heritage.
A mesh thus covers the existing one and generates new spaces, dialoguing with its facades with rich military ornamentation, that can be found both inside and outside. The aesthetic character of the heritage is then fully assumed. Also, the wall at the far north of the upper part of the fort, currently buried in a mound, is excavated and becomes the main facade of the site, such as the face of the subject protected by the camail.

The first prize went to Clément Raimbault.

Click here to the website of the contest.

Prix W 2018 : Camail
Prix W 2018 : le Fort de Villiers ©Diane Dufraisy

Photo : Diane Dufraisy

Prix W 2018 : Camail
Prix W 2018 : Camail
Prix W 2018 : Camail
Prix W 2018 : le Fort de Villiers ©Diane Dufraisy

Photo : Diane Dufraisy

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