THE RENEWAL OF THE RIEUCOULON ESTATE
This project is about the refurbishment of the architectural heritage of the Rieucoulon estate. The pleasure palace, the orangerie and the greenhouse are transformed in order to host private and public events.
Our objective is to unveil and showcase the spaces without imposing our interventions on them. Each new element is declared as an added item and deliberately not drawn.
The Rieucoulon estate is located to the East of Montpellier and it proudly represents the typical architectural heritage of the South of France. Built in the XVIII century, its pleasure palace, its orangerie and its greenhouse narrate this period of ostentation.
The family, who owned the estate for two centuries, wants to redevelop part of the estate to host private and public events such as conferences, seminars and other cultural events.
Our approach to the project is at the same time evolutionary and open. The first stage is to free up the space from any bulky items accumulated over the years, to release the volumes and rediscover the geometries, to revive the colours and the effects of the lights. The original framework, now unveiled, has become the starting point of all our thinking and interventions. The objective is to showcase these spaces without competing with or imposing our interventions on them. With this approach in mind, each new element is declared as an added item, detached from its original structure, and deliberately not drawn.