Outside In

Proposal for a once-abandoned castle

Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers, Les Trois-Moutiers, France, 2019

Idea competition

Design team: Paul Mok, Isabella Friis

When we first saw the images of the existing site, we saw a garden. And so we designed a garden... A series of gardens.


We also saw a fundamental paradox in the brief: a seclusive space of retreat is now owned by 20,000+ strangers and is soon to be open to public. We had to grant the site maximum accessibility while enhancing its somewhat interior, personal, intimate experience. It was a fundamental paradox until we realized: to “access” anything, one needs to start from the “interior”, from within.

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