5 things you should know about Boisbuchet

5 things you should know about Boisbuchet


Do you know what spending a week at Boisbuchet is like? This season, we introduced 36 workshops, each one of them offering a unique, practical learning experience. And there is a great diversity, ranging from architecture to ceramics, from lighting to food design. But despite these differences, all workshops have a few things in common...

1. The birth of a pedagogy

28 years ago, cultural entrepreneur Alexander von Vegesack acquired the Domaine de Boisbuchet. His dream was to make it a reference venue for architects and designers around the world. Since then, around 30 multi-disciplinary workshops take place every summer at Boisbuchet.

Alexander’s bent wood workshop in 1986
The map of Domaine de Boisbuchet in Lessac, France

2. A creative community

Because diversity is an essential part of our philosophy, we don’t select participants. Our core belief is that « diversity favors creativity ». Designers, architects, builders, inventors, artists and philosophers come from all around the world, from all cultures, disciplines and levels. Creativity arises when different fields, cultures, personalities talk to each other. Every year at Boisbuchet we are looking for that same alchemy, and it never fails.

Andrew Ondrejcak 'Performance design' Photo by Ingebjørg Kårstad
Tomoko Azumi ‘Formed by you refined by fire’ 2016 Photo by Ingebjørg Kårstad

3. Inspiration everywhere

Boisbuchet has many layers. Imagine driving through France in the middle of nature, to a 150 hectares Domaine, where design and architectural experiments have been taking place for the past three decades. It has the poetry of Black Mountain College, and the virtuosity of Burning Man. Many inspiring buildings have been placed or built on the Domaine, ranging from a 19th century castle to an imported Japanese guest house. And if you wander around, you will stumble upon outdoor installations, like surprising vestiges of past workshops.

Charlie le Mindu 'Surnatural' © by Po-Chien Chen
Brückner & Brückner Log Cabin, photo by Deidi von Schaven © Domaine de Boisbuchet

4. Learn, create, connect

A workshop at Boisbuchet is intense. That’s why we leave you the time and space to be as creative as one can be. All the tools and materials are available on location, and Carlos (our skilled technician) will help you build your wildest dreams. You will also get to sleep in a beautiful building, and eat delicious food, prepared by our professional chef. Last but not least, the umpa-lumpas (our technical staff members, that’s how we call them) are here to assist you with any request all week long, so you can focus on what you came here for: learn, create, connect.

Delicious meals at Boisbuchet 2016 © Domaine de Boisbuchet
Accommodation for participants © Domaine de Boisbuchet

5. Surprises

It would be impossible to encapsulate Boisbuchet in one article. There are many activities and surprises along the way: design lectures, campfires, canoe-tours, lake swimming, table-tennis, soccer, costume party in the castle’s “dungeon”, guided tours of the architectural park, a curated design exhibition and a lot more. You will create memories for life. We even have our own “Madeleine de Proust”. Every year we harvest apples from our orchard, and have it turned into apple juice by local producers. Anyone who ever came to Boisbuchet has tried it, and remembers the taste of it.