Set amidst the woods of Sergy, France, architectural firm BUREAU crafts Therese, an organic sculpture and a temporary shelter for artists. The work of Swiss novelist Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz serves as an inspiration for the design, a quaint architectural being in the form of a boulder fostering wanderers and nature lovers. The narrative continues, evolving into a brief series with the emergence of Thérèse.
The modest structure is perceptible through the expanding trees, but the wooden exterior forms the first stage of the design process. The wooden interiors feature two wooden benches and a table for the travellers to use as seating and places to set up their belongings.
The placement offers residents a direct view from the window; to watch the sun's rays rise and set through time. For those who wish to linger a little longer, the design team installed a heating system on one side. One way to interpret the project's context is to imply that spending time alone inside the liveable sculpture amid the forest might awaken dormant creative faculties.
The pencil-tip shape of Therese by BUREAU gradually shifted into a cone and rocky architecture that abruptly projects from the woods, keeping Ramuz's writings as the foundation for the design.
Materialising the descriptive texts into an actual house from the said narrative, BUREAU expanded the fictional story and gave it new depth. The characters in the book don a new hat as they venture into the real world as non-human physical realities. Under the rocky surface, they are transformed into a wooden framework that provides a haven for anyone looking for peace.