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A reuse project - the Cabanon Project EPFL

As part of the IOC-EPFL partnership and the Youth for Reuse workshop, the deconstruction offered architecture and history of art students the chance to take part in an academic project. The Cabanon Project was the result of collaboration between Le Cabanon-UNIL (an association of Lausanne University art history students) and the Laboratoire EAST-EPFL (a project workshop at the EPFL architecture faculty).

Seeking to link academic theory to the professional future of their students, Le Cabanon and the Laboratoire EAST got together to think about creating a temporary pavilion which could hold works of art. The materials available to the architecture students for this project came from the deconstruction of the old IOC administration buildings.

Once the Pavilion was built by the EPFL students, the art history students organised an exhibition in the framework of their academic research. This exhibition, allowed the students to think about practical issues and how to set up an exhibition for the pavilion. This exhibition marked also the end of the first part of the story of this mobile structure: The Cabanon Project. For sustainability reasons, Le Cabanon and tne Laboratoire EAST are looking to make further use of the structure in the future.

The Cabanon Project was a unique experience. For most of us, it was the first time we could combine theory and practice in a concrete project. We developed everything ourselves, covering all the aspects of construction, be they creative, technical, administrative, financial, material or relational. Being able to use materials from the old IOC building made us think about how they could be reused and given a new lease of life.”

Architecture students from the EAST group


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