As part of the Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles, Presence Suisse, the City and the Canton of Geneva, asked students of Interior Architecture from HEAD – Geneva to imagine a scenography for a rooftop terrace. The terrace is a small and uncovered space, located in the center of the historic city of Arles, but with no point of view on it.
The layout of this space raised the following questions for students: What is the relationship between architecture and images and, more specifically, photography? What is the connection between a three-dimensional space and a two-dimensional image? Can the creation of an image be materialized as an architectural space? Students made various proposals, one of which was selected and realized in Arles.
Les Périscopes are two architectural devices that connect the terrace to the city with a mirror system, offering a glimpse of the city through two-dimensional images. The terrace finds its function and thus offers a view on Arles.
Project visible as part of the Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles
1 July – 22 September 2019
Terrasse Croisière, Espace 99
2 Avenue Victor Hugo
3200 Arles, France