Between September 2013 and April 2015, an extensive transformation is taking place at Domaine de Boisbuchet. The construction works will significantly enrich the range of activities Boisbuchet can offer and turn it into an all-round centre for design-related research. Thanks to a nomination as Pôle d’excellence rurale, the Departement de la Charente, the region Poitou-Charente, the French Republic and the European Union support this task.
The Domaine’s former Porcherie, known amongst workshop alumni for decades as the popular “Porky’s Bar”, is being turned into a library for Alexander von Vegesack’s collection of 40,000 design and architecture related books and archive materials – currently serving as the Vitra Design Museum’s library in Germany.
Attention to all workshop alumni and greenhorns: Boisbuchet’s new dancefloor and bar is “The Dungeon”. It’s just around the corner – but in another world!
Our communal kitchen, which had been located in the basement of the Dependance, is being moved into an entirely modernized facility in the north-wing of the Dependance Barn, where the work room / machine shop once stood.
A new workshop building with three interconnected halls, sanitary facilities and an office will be errected behind the Porcherie’s garden to form a practically organized workshop-centre in conjunction with the existing Kiln.
Boisbuchet’s chateau will be modernized for the reception of public visitors. Wood panellings and the prominent front-door will be renovated in keeping with the originals. An elevator and a new lighting system will be installed to serve the basement, first and second floors, and the second floor is being turned into one spaceous gallery.
Around the end of July 2014, an energy-autonomous house will be erected in the north of Boisbuchet’s grounds. This “Techstyle Haus” is currently being developed by students of Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University, both in Providence, USA, and the University of Applied Sciences in Erfurth, Germany. Please follow the progress of this pioneering project, which will be unveiled for the first time at the Solar Decathlon competition in Versailles in June this year, at www.techstylehaus.com.
We’ll provide a more detailed account of all above developments in the exhibition „Paradise is a Work in Progress“, shown in Boisbuchet’s Manège between June 21st and September 21st.