Between a yurt, a merry-go-round and a bandstand, Chinoiserie is a folly that can be taken apart. It was the site, temporarily installed in the botanical gardens of Bordeaux, for educational workshops organized by Arc en Rêve.

The story began in China, where we chose a voluntary change of scenery to evade the anxiety of a blank slate. In search of curiosities offering architectural potential, we gleaned inspiration and brought back a wealth of visions: the form of a haystack, the comfort of a hammock and the texture of a heap of fishing nets.

The frame is made of a concentric repetition of twelve beams, forming a solid central pole, on which the hammocks are hung. The same mesh is used to constitute the furniture and to create a cover. This way, the nets give shade while letting the air circulate and lightly obscure the view, becoming almost opaque at the roof.

For us this micro-architecture is an invitation to collective entertainment and rest.



  • Name : Chinoiserie
  • Client : Arc en Rêve
  • Place : Bordeaux
  • Date : 2006
  • Mission : Full
  • Surface : 55 m²
  • Budget : 25 000 €
  • Architects : Encore Heureux