[Image: Proposal for a “bunker gallery” in Paris by architect Stéphane Malka].
In the first of two proposals by Stéphane Malka that I want to post about here, we see what Malka calls “an alternative art gallery” installed like vertical parasites beneath the tracks of the Barbès–Rochechouart metro station in Paris.
An assemblage of powerfully simple rough precast concrete, the modules are attached to each other and secured to the beams of the viaduct. The alignment of different blocks creates spatial diversity while the unified whole protects the artwork and creates a strong interiority. Nevertheless, lateral openings introduce unexpected light from below as well as elevationally reframing views to the site.
He refers to the project as a “bunker,” or Galerie Bunker. “The gallery responds to the challenge of addressing neglected spaces,” he adds, “generating a singular place, a spontaneous cultural space divergent from the restrained exhibition spaces of Paris.”
[Images: Proposal for a “bunker gallery” in Paris by Stéphane Malka].
As such, this would be perfect for Pruned‘s ongoing “Under Spaces” series.
[Image: Proposal for a “bunker gallery” by Stéphane Malka].
Here are some views of the gallery interiors:
[Images: Proposal for a “bunker gallery,” Stéphane Malka].
See more on Malka’s website, and don’t miss the second post in this series: A Permanent State of Insurrection.
(Of related interest: The Bay Line).
3 thoughts on “Museum for Neglected Spaces”
Great idea, but the viaducts aren't designed for additional structural loads.
interesting, but i don't think that this space is 'neglected' there is a bustling market held under there, unless i'm mistaken
the air space between the ground and the bottom of the viaduct are what's neglected in this type of project. not the ground levels. and as for additional loads, there are lots of ways that the existing structure can be strengthened to meet the demand of the new one. or it can be a free standing structure.
its nice that people are starting to see some of these unused spaces. my thesis was also about these types of areas in our cities.