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In total rupture with the usual contexts In which architecture takes place, the glacier is a hostile environment for human activities. It is a dynamic territory, a space in movement where air, light, ice and mountains are never stable. This instability has become the basis of a series of documentations and installations aimed at creating interactions with this territory.

Ground movements, linked to phase changes of water in its three states, solid, gaseous and liquid, have been documented using hydrophones. These acoustic surveys have enabled us to understand the daily dynamics of this complex basement.

Air movements are specific to the glacial territory. Air masses are set in motion by changes in the surface temperature of ice and rock zones, depending on their exposure to the sun. Microclimatic surveys have allowed us to map these dynamics and to install light structures to visualize these invisible movements.

Light movements are also omnipresent, both under the ice and on the surface.

The colour of the ice is constantly changing. Depending on the incidence of the sun, the light intensity, the weather and the colour of the sky, variations in hue appear. We have documented and amplified these light dynamics using simple interventions on the ice or using prisms that locally change the ice colours.

Evolving and interacting with the glacier means considering in an equivalent way what is around us, below and above us.

In the field of existing relationships between the elements of the glacier, architecture brings a new layer of connection of the elements to each other. It is this glacier dynamic that becomes the starting point for a specific architecture that exists through its direct environment and takes an active part in the pre-existing relationships. We call it geographic architecture.



Aletsch, VS