Bordeaux Grow Nature
In 2021, the Bordeaux municipal authorities are launching a vast project to upgrade the city’s school playgrounds and crèches. More than 150 establishments will be affected by the renaturation of playgrounds, the removal of waterproofing, the renewal of furniture and the invention of more inclusive and less gendered spaces.
4 groups were selected for the project. Each year, the contracting authority awards the sites to be transformed to the contractors.
We responded alongside Agence de paysage Base. In conjunction with their consultation and implementation work, Bruit du frigo set about creating a playful piece of furniture. It is similar to a hut, whose uses and themes are defined with the teaching staff and school children during participatory workshops. Depending on the age group, the workshops are sometimes creative, sometimes playful. Our intention: to feed the specifications of the furniture to be built.
This time of creation and exchange enables us to produce a sketch that is discussed with the educational community and validated by the project owner. Most of the construction work is carried out in situ during school hours, so that the children can also contribute to its development.
2022 – Jacques Prévert School – Asterogrotte
The Jacques Prévert school caters for 170 elementary school children. It is located in the Saint Genès district. The school has a fine architectural heritage, with ashlar buildings enclosing a rectangular courtyard with two lines of plane trees. We visited the site and agreed with Agence Base on a space between two plane trees for Jacques Prévert’s future hut.
On a Wednesday afternoon, we held workshops with the children of the Saint Bruno leisure center, who attend the school. A workshop to design a specific hut brought out two major themes: cave art and space. Based on an inspiring children’s drawing, we proposed a hollow rock shape (asteroid) into which children could enter, be sheltered and draw on the walls, as in a cave. Facetted on the outside, the Asterogrotte is around 3m high, with an interior space of 4 m2. It’s built from douglas fir and tilly panels.
Over the 4 days of the project, the children in the various classes took it in turns to paint the wooden slats lining the Asterogrotte.