status :     Diploma prpoject

for :           Roberto Gargiani, Christophe van                                     Gerrewey, Fosco Lucarelli

what :       Housing

where :     Nyon, Switzerland

when :      07.2020

who :        Grégory dos Santos



Nyon, 9 February 2020, the detractors of the "wall of shame" shout victory. The wall will be destroyed, and with it a fragment of unaltered nature - the great beauty - which has always been there, unchanged, motionless, and its inhabitants were happy, without knowing it, without wanting it.
Why do things always have to change?
Detonation, crash, the wall is no more. Three ramparts - the guerrillas - stand up. They are now the guardians of the memories of my childhood. The vestiges of the past are there, piled up, torn apart, as if they had always existed, half lost in the clutter of vegetation. Everything is there, the tunnels of dark foliage, the songs of the birds, the secret paths, the smell of the wetland, the wild cats, the hundred-year-old sequoia, the silence of yesteryear charged with magic and mystery kept on the background by three armoured giants.
When the scenery becomes poor, life is glorified.
The décor and the inhabited ramparts, on the other hand, express a guerrilla architecture, materially poor but rich in invention and fantasy. Inside the ramparts, an unfinished façade - a "ruin in reverse" - encloses a timeless world, while outside, an assertive gesture, modern and universalist, breaks all ties with the city by exalting a jewel of the local heritage: the glass brick.*
Tradition is a challenge to innovation.
Finally, night falls and gives way to an extravagant ballet intended to quench the thirst for mundane trivia of those who still deny great beauty and dance in the upper echelons without seeing it, before one day, at dusk, it appears to them too, resplendent...
*Gustave Falconnier, inventor of the glass brick, was born in Nyon on 6 July 1845.