thesis \\\ Hidden Orchestra by Alice Labourel

This project is an attempt to render subjective experience as objective reality. It recreates so-called ‘actual’ / physical reality out of perceived reality – that is to build the Real from Experience. The architecture allows for the user to interact with the spaces, react to the spaces and be stimulated by the spaces. A child constructs a reality by filling in the gaps based on the information he has. This, in practice, is what everyone does in every aspect of their lives, whether acknowledged or not.

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Hidden Orchestra by Alice Labourel

Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture | 2013

The project is a ballet school within a time-based architecture that evolves from the rhythm and movement from the outside (motorized vehicles, flows of water) and the inside (activities related to the people and the program) along the cinematic banks of the Los Angeles River.

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The project evolves through 3 timescales: the 24 hours schedule of the school, the 19 seconds it takes for a train to go from one bridge to the other and the water of the river coming once a year. Each timescale influences the organization and the evolution of the building.


Alice is a graduated architect from the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, since March 2013.

imgHer final thesis has been followed by Sir Peter Cook and Ricardo DeOstos who have been her tutors and teachers at the ESA. She has worked as an intern in Sir Peter Cook’s office, CRAB-Studio, in London and has been an exchange student at the Southern Californian Institute of Architecture, in Los Angeles in Tom Wiscombe Studio.

She has won several workshops as one presidated by Paul Virilio and one presidated by Marcos Cruz and Marjan Colletti. She has worked as a teaching assistant at the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture and she also taught at The Bartlett summer school in August 2012 and has been invited to several final crits and teaching workshops at both the Bartlett and the AA.

Alice is interested in the cinematic aspects of architecture, using hand drawing as well as computing design via 3D modeling software. Her work and research aim at soften the borders between imagination, body and environment through architectural experience.