25 May 2018

Archisable is a highly poetic project, born two years ago on the beach of Deauville.

Tina Dassault has invited 26 renowned architects to express themselves freely in front of natural elements, through sand constructions. This project belongs to the tradition of ephemeral art, reminding the Native Americans’ Sand Paintings, the Tibetan mandalas or Constantino Nivola and Le Corbusier’s Sand Castings. For the 26 architects that played the game, it was the occasion to rebound to the immemorial gestures of building, in spontaneous constructions.

The exhibitions presents a selection of Michel Tréhet’s photographs, only traces of those ephemeral structures that vanish with the tide, in front of which the eye loses every reference point. “The focus, the very close-up shot, the high- and the low- angle shot, penetrate to explore virgin universes. The loss of scale arises the stunning and brings to light the barely-visible” (Tina Dassault). By the magic of the standpoint, the sandcastles appear as mighty monuments.

On this occasion, the Éditions Xavier Barral release Archisable, in which Michel Tréhet’s photographs get along with the architects’ short reflexions, as well as Tina Dassault, Patrice Doat, Franck Nouchi and Francis Rambert’s texts.



From May 4 to September 10, 2018

Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine

75116 Paris


Published by the Éditions Xavier Barral: Archisable






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