Restoring a Water Bank
The project has two key ideas, but only one aim: regaining the deconstructed bank and facilitating contact between locals, and implicitly developing the local community in a world where communities no longer exist. To some extent, mills were places with a community feature to them and consequently, with a little bit of luck, the place left behind on this site can be used as such, in today’s world when there are almost no more communities, but only individuals trying to create practically impenetrable bubbles around them. The first step was to sketch an ordered personal space: a cube in an appropriate human scale that represents – when I am in it – «my house, my fortress».
Building a promenade along the stream is broadened by being able to descend to the water course. Not directly, but through a landing, where only «improvised» steps lead further on, a situation that means a momentary stop to gather courage to go on. By descending to the water, one can (re)discover the bridge over the flowing water against the makeshift «dike». The crossing allows a full circle movement around a segment of water, an occasion for children to play «catch», but also a stop exactly above the water, away from the noise of the road and the traffic in the central area