| Current Situation
Covered with high vegetation for the past several decades,
the Tumulus de Glimes appears to melt into the surrounding
landscape of fields and woodlands.
A desire stirs to contemplate the reassuringly expansive
circumference of the tumulus, a discovery delayed by
the initial disorder of the covering vegetation. The
form seems to invite a meditation, one which should
be enclosed and free from any outside disturbance .
As it stands, the tumulus impresses not by imposing
itself on our senses, but rather by rewarding with the
fruits of our curiosity and imagination.
My project aims to offer a space for a leisurely contemplative
stroll, in the form of a sunken circular walk-way. The
path is sunken below the surface in order to isolate
the surroundings from visitor such that he is confronted
only by the tumulus itself
The Esplanade on the South East of the site becomes
an Agora where historical information is available to
visitors and locals, as well as providing an area for
meetings, debate, cultural activities, games and relaxation.
Inspired by the “isolation” experienced
in the sunken walk-way, this area too will be shielded
from the road by a Talus of earth, rocks and plants.
An “Estrade” of similar composition will
form a centrpiece of the Esplanade. The Northern side
of the esplanade will be protected by interlacing volumes
created from gabions of crushed rock.
Planting, rocks and minerals will be combined and used
in a complementary manner. The technique of wire-framing
“gabions”, familiar from civil engineering
works, will be used not only as retaining structures
for the talus, but also for the wind-breaks, the “furniture”
and for the educational and informational elements.
Crushed rocks will be sourced from the ancient quarries
in the vicinity, as well as volcanic tufa. Tufa has
been unearthed in the most recent archeological digs
on the site, and also served to close the ‘tambour’
of the Tumulus.
Project realised in 2002