“PISÉ. Tradition and Potential” at Archizoom-EPFL Lausanne

In spite of the ubiquitousness and sustainability of earth construction, it remains in the shadows of our building practice, though it does have a long tradition, even on our latitude. This exhibition has made it its priority to reintroduce the european tradition of building with earth, and especially that of rammed earth buildings in France, as well as their influence on Switzerland.

 

Haus Rauch, Schlins, Autriche Martin Rauch (Lehm Ton Erde GmbH) & Roger Boltshauser-Photographe © Beat Bühler

Haus Rauch, Schlins, Autriche Martin Rauch (Lehm Ton Erde GmbH) & Roger Boltshauser-Photographe © Beat Bühler

 

This construction technique, also known as Pisé, has a history of over 2000 years in Europe. In the Rhônes Alpes region rammed earth buildings experienced their first golden age with the rapid growth of cities beginning in the middle of the 16th century. A second active building era followed in the 19th century in the age of the grand rural exodus and the housing shortages resulting from it. The linen trade brought with it the knowledge of rammed earth from France to Switzerland. In eastern Switzerland, various Pisé buildings were erected beginning in the 17th century.


 

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“PISÉ. Tradition and Potential”
March 20 – Juin 24, 2017
Archizoom. EPFL
SG 1211 (SG Building)1015 Lausanne
Switzerland

 


This exhibition offers the opportunity to become better informed about earth as a building material. The properties of the material is presented and its physical presence can be experienced and felt first hand. We demonstrate the material’s components and their processing, document currently realised earthen buildings and dare to project a view into the future. We are especially interested in the potential of rammed earth industrial prefabrication, which would make the production process more efficient and could smooth the way for new design perspectives.

 

Halle aux herbes Ricola © Ricola AG, Laufen _ Photographer Markus Bühler-Rasom, Zurich _ April 2014.jpg

Halle aux herbes Ricola © Ricola AG, Laufen _ Photographer Markus Bühler-Rasom, Zurich _ April 2014.jpg

Haus Rauch, Schlins, Autriche _Martin Rauch (Lehm Ton Erde GmbH) & Roger Boltshauser _ Photographe © Beat Bühler

Haus Rauch, Schlins, Autriche _Martin Rauch (Lehm Ton Erde GmbH) & Roger Boltshauser _ Photographe © Beat Bühler

Schulpavillon Allenmoos II, Zürich _ Boltshauser Architekten. Photographer © Kuster Frey

Schulpavillon Allenmoos II, Zürich _ Boltshauser Architekten. Photographer © Kuster Frey

Hochparterre - Hasen Award © Kuster Frey

Hochparterre – Hasen Award © Kuster Frey

 

With the realisation of the Ricola Herb Center by Herzog & de Meuron, rammed earth pioneer Martin Rauch has shown the potential for prefabrication on a completely new scale. Other projects of that magnitude are soon to follow, like the “Ozeanium” in Basel. At EPFL, we examine all possibilities of structurally – and energy-optimized earth-hybrid building systems. The focus of the Studio Boltshauser is on questions addressing the new proportions, the structure, as well as an innovative architectural expression in these projects.

 

Pisé en France - Château de Montbriand © Architektur Photographie Philip Heckhausen & Boltshauser Architekten
Pisé en France - Francheleins © Architektur Photographie Philip Heckhausen & Boltshauser Architekten
Pisé en Suisse - Bischofszell © Architektur Photographie Philip Heckhausen & Boltshauser Architekten
Pisé en Suisse - Uzwil © Architektur Photographie Philip Heckhausen & Boltshauser Architekten

 

“Rammed earth construction must remain subversive, disobeying and idealist, which can be achieved only by realism, pragmatism and empathy towards the state of the world.” – Ariane Wilson

The exhibition outlines the issues and potential of the earth as a building material, in four chapters: Tradition and influence of the Pisé in France and Switzerland, The material, The contemporary architecture, The experiments of the students in architecture, and earth-hybrid building systems.

 

Vue de l'exposition Pisé 4 © Architektur Photographie Philip Heckhausen & Boltshauser Architekten

Vue de l’exposition Pisé 4 © Architektur Photographie Philip Heckhausen & Boltshauser Architekten

Vue de l'exposition Pisé 5 © Architektur Photographie Philip Heckhausen & Boltshauser Architekten

Vue de l’exposition Pisé 5 © Architektur Photographie Philip Heckhausen & Boltshauser Architekten

Vue de l'exposition Pisé 6 © Architektur Photographie Philip Heckhausen & Boltshauser Architekten

Vue de l’exposition Pisé 6 © Architektur Photographie Philip Heckhausen & Boltshauser Architekten

Vue de l'exposition Pisé 7 © Architektur Photographie Philip Heckhausen & Boltshauser Architekten

Vue de l’exposition Pisé 7 © Architektur Photographie Philip Heckhausen & Boltshauser Architekten

Vue de l'exposition Pisé 9 © Architektur Photographie Philip Heckhausen & Boltshauser Architekten

Vue de l’exposition Pisé 9 © Architektur Photographie Philip Heckhausen & Boltshauser Architekten

Vue de l'exposition Pisé 3 © Architektur Photographie Philip Heckhausen & Boltshauser Architekten

Vue de l’exposition Pisé 3 © Architektur Photographie Philip Heckhausen & Boltshauser Architekten

Vue de l'exposition Pisé 2 © Architektur Photographie Philip Heckhausen & Boltshauser Architekten

Vue de l’exposition Pisé 2 © Architektur Photographie Philip Heckhausen & Boltshauser Architekten

 

Travaux d'étudiants EPFL photo © Noémie Allenbach Tsu-Shin et Sébastien Friess
Travaux d'étudiants EPFL photo © Noémie Allenbach Tsu-Shin et Sébastien Friess
Travaux d'étudiants EPFL photo © Noémie Allenbach Tsu-Shin et Sébastien Friess
Travaux d'étudiants EPFL photo © Noémie Allenbach Tsu-Shin et Sébastien Friess
Travaux d'étudiants EPFL photo © Noémie Allenbach Tsu-Shin et Sébastien Friess
Travaux d'étudiants EPFL photo © Noémie Allenbach Tsu-Shin et Sébastien Friess
Travaux d'étudiants EPFL photo © Noémie Allenbach Tsu-Shin et Sébastien Friess
Travaux d'étudiants EPFL photo © Noémie Allenbach Tsu-Shin et Sébastien Friess
Travaux d'étudiants EPFL photo © Noémie Allenbach Tsu-Shin et Sébastien Friess
Construction en préfabriqué, Halle aux herbes Ricola © Ricola AG, Laufen _ Photographer Markus Bühler-Rasom, Zurich _ April 2014

 

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