The life of a knight revolves around the accomplishment of a prestigious feat. Finding the holy graal for the knight of the round table is an exploration of the world as well as of the self. the higher in the building, the harder climb : The adventure is spiritual as much as it is physical.
Architecture is a quest. The visitor is a knight.
In the legends of the King Arthur, the places the knights go through are filled with spirits and magic : Forest is considered a sacred and obscure place where lies all sorts of mysterious and fantastical species. It is a place of wonder where knights will be put through the most challenging experiences.
Architecture is a forest. The landscape appears shapeless.
The knight is fighting against his own fears in a hostile world. He has to pull himself back from cities and civilisations to concentrate on the next feat he will accomplish and the best way to become a great knight. He could encounter hermites : those men have run from the world to live deep in the forest and support knights in their quest.
Architectural experience is a quest
The project invites the visitor to become a knight and take him to walk through the legend. The hill is the playground of the act. The architecture process aims to preserve the site in its original state. The building is compacted and arranged in such way to occupy the smallest portion of land possible.
The different research units are brought together and stacked up in a compact tower which appears shapeless, this giving priority to the perception of the original landscape.