Three Pavilions, Place du Marché Aigle
by Rotative Studio

For the municipality of Aigle (Suisse Romande) Rotative Studio designed three temporary pavilions on the town’s central square, the Place du Marché. This square will undergo a transformation during the next few years to become more green, pedestrian friendly and prominent for the city.

The pavilions perform as the first gestures that embody the municipality’s ambitions to really understand this central square as a place for encounter, a place for the residents. Therefore, the architects proposed a combination of functions: a public library, an observatory, a collective table with benches and a small theatre.

The pavilions are small stations that are accessible from all sides. They are formed and positioned in relation to each other and in relation to the square and it’s future transformation.

The position of the pavilions divides the square in different parts which represent the stages for the construction works. This division enables the use of at least two parts of the square during the long transformation process.

Designed as a modular system, the pavilions are prepared in the atelier of the local maker and transported and assembled on-site. After seven years, the pavilions will be relocated to another place in the city that awaits transformation.

This work is not only about the design and layout of the pavilions but as much about the plan to revitalize the Place du Marché, to reinterpret what is there. The pavilions thus serve as an introduction and stimulus to change the residents' perspective on the square – to bring a different perspective and a new identity.

Authors rotative studio
Location Aigle
Year 2021
Client Commune d’Aigle, department d’urbanisme, mobilité et paysage
Structural advice and calculations estkestudio
Construction Guarnaccia Constructions métalliques SA
Cost 100’000 CHF
Photography Courtesy of rotative studio

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