Images: Stéphane Ruchaud. Text: Ian Borden. Publisher: Rue Du Bouquet, 2022. ISBN: 9791097416218. Format: Softcover, 240 x 320 mm, 72pp.
As part of its initiative to transform an old industrial mill into a contemporary art spot for Galleria Continua in France, MBL Architectes teamed up with Bureau David Apheceix and Camille Frechou to construct a skatepark in an area of structural remnants, horticultural plants, and wild endemic species. They drew inspiration from the fluidity of 1970s skateparks designed around the premise of non-standard architecture, mingling existing greenery with the curvaceous lines of raw concrete. Integrated into its surroundings, the project becomes a vital part of the former industrial landscape and is conceived as a continuous strip that connects various features on an undulating foundation.