Chèvrerie pédagogique (Massif des Alpilles)
Special Student Mention
He first learnt to play the saxophone at the Nice Conservatoire. Then, he enrolled at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Marseille Luminy to study architecture. William Ajzenfisz’s educational goat farm project focuses on the near and far, the landscape and adjoining buildings. This young talent, faced with changing lifestyles and land speculation, wanted to reinject agriculture into the daily lives of people living in the village of Paradou. A project that blends in with its surroundings like an “end of village”, suturing farmland to the decontextualized urban-rural fabric. Mixed is planned around a goat farm to accommodate students, families, and senior citizens. The idea is to offer an alternative way of living – other than the usual suburban housing – in the middle of grazing areas scattered along an agro-tourism trail. Sekkai, a Japanese composition principle, is used to structure the landscape, with gaps between architectural elements and vegetation varying in density to create a visual link between them. The entire project (building structure and partitions) uses poplar and cypress wood, two species native to the Alpilles region. These elements add nuance to the relationship between the building and its natural surroundings.