In a era when culture becomes a commodity like any other, it is foreseeable that a site such as the Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers - although currently rehabilitated by passionate contributors - will quickly be recovered by the system to be transformed into economic value.
The presence of a nearby Center Parc already testifies of the arrival of an attraction for investors on the site. Which brand illustrates more the idea of mass tourism dressed in eco-friendly green jewelery?
Tourism increases every year in France, the route around the « châteaux de la Loire » attracts more and more. We chose to place ourselves in a near future, when the participative actions will have given up to the pressure of the capital. The Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers will be an attraction like any other, among the lakes and sports facilities of the Giga Center Parc. The Center Parc as a sublimation of nature, representation of a perfect universe, with feminine curves and uniform vegetation.
The castle as a sublimation of the Gothic, imaginary representation of an era he has never known, with
various towers, proud and slender to the sky.
The ruin as a sublimation of the passage of time, a mixture of architecture and nature, with a picturesque aspect newly appreciated. The fantasies that it arouses stand between the dream of a flamboyant past that has never existed and the utopia of an unreachable future.
How can the Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers survive in this environment? The essential is not the ruin of the castle itself, but its staging, the geometric frame and the perspectives of its gardens.
Voluntary or not, these gardens are perfectly aligned with the Center Parc’s grid. Was everything planned
in advance? We make the choice to reveal this grid, thanks to the positioning of Pastiche-Towers at the
crossings of its axes.
Pastiche-Towers ? They imitate the language of castles, and illustrate the possibility of expansion that the latter could’ve had. Today, the Park Center is growing, tourists have replaced the Châtelains.
These Pastiche-Towers affirm the permanence of the architecture of the castle through the reuse and
reinterpretation of its formal language. They allow a temporal, territorial and stylistic continuity of the castle, which marks the landscape by its slow decomposition; soon its absence.
These landscape elements, markers of a territory in renewal, are buildings that are both an inside and an
outside. These uninhabited skeletons are the signs of a possible future, capable of producing differentiated spaces, flexible, adaptable over time.
Gothic, neo-gothic, postmodern, neo-postmodern, how to classify them? Why classify them?
We do not propose to give back to the castle its appearance of yesterday. Even less to complete it by a prostheses which would allow it to survive half a century more. One whole is formed, theconstructions of castle’s reinterpretion one era are the ruins of the next; the sublime is preserved.