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Yesterday evening we celebrated the end of the construction of the Termitiere, imagined by Séverin Guelpa and built in the gardens of the Théâtre de l’orangerie in Geneva. The installation is open during the whole summer.

This construction, between installation and architecture, is inspired by Amazonian termite mounds, which can measure up to eight meters high and thirty meters in diameter on the ground. Termites are considered true architects of ecology: the structures they develop are models of durability, both thanks to the materials used and to the complexity and efficiency of their ventilation systems. The architects are also increasingly inspired by the knowledge of fauna and flora to think about the energy autonomy of buildings.

The project was built only with soil found on site and in a nearby construction site. The tar was removed and the earth excavated to serve as raw material for the raw earth bricks.

The construction site involved numerous collaborations between the artist Séverin Guelpa, the architects Kunik de Morsier, the company Terrabloc specialized in raw earth constructions, the builder Maulini SA and Thomas Jundt civil engineers.