Atelier Yokyok Installs Vaulted String Tunnels In A Gothic Cloister Garden

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Thin blue strings are stretched among arch-shaped frames to create tunnels across the cloister garden of a French cathedral .

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Paris studio Atelier YokYok developed the Les Voûtes Filantes – or The Shooting Vaults – set up within the 16th-century Gothic-fashion cloister at St Stephen’s Cathedral in Cahors, south-west France.

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The designers used taut strings to type enclosed passages along the existing pathways of the garden, which run diagonally from the corners to a central circle.

Les Voûtes Filantes installation in Cahors-France by Atelier YokYok

The strings are stretched between thin metal frames shaped like arches from different architectural designs.

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“Arcs of all origins are linked to 1 one more by a colourful woven construction that performs with light and mystery, revealing a light, dematerialised architecture,” explained Atelier Yokyok.

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The shapes include a quadrant and a semicircular arch, as nicely as an ogee arch and a lancet arch – each common of Gothic architecture. The latter echoes the pointed arches that surround the backyard.


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Two arches are positioned at both end of every single path in non-matching pairs.

Les Voûtes Filantes installation in Cahors-France by Atelier YokYok

Arranged close collectively, the rows of strings merge the shapes of the arches and generate semi-transparent coverings that guests can stroll beneath.

Les Voûtes Filantes installation in Cahors-France by Atelier YokYok

The edge of each and every inner frame is joined to its neighbour with a lot more strings, forming a square fence about the circular planting characteristic at the garden’s centre.

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“The stroller is guided in the direction of the centre of the great deal: a secret cloister,” mentioned the studio.

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Further strings lengthen from the outer arches to sections of the cathedral developing to help keep the construction stable.

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The set up will remain in place until finally the end of June 2015. It is 1 of three winning tasks in Cahors’ landscape garden competition, organised as portion of the Festival Juin Jardins Cahors 2015 that involves 25 open gardens around the city.

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