The structure is designed as a tribute to the Swiss author Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz. One of his novels is set in the Alps, and his writing captures the beauty of this landscape.
“The awe and the anxiety that this monumental landscape appeals is reflected in the writings of Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, one of the most important Swiss writers.”
The project was named for the novel’s central character, Antoine. After a large rock fall, Antoine is trapped under the rocks and manages to survive for seven weeks before he reaches freedom.
“His novels, Derborence, describes the massive rock fall that covered the pastures of the valley of Lizerne in 1714. Antoine, the main character, survives seven weeks under the rocks before he manages to reach his village, and life. ”
The structure is partly inspired by the long tradition of military bunkers in Switzerland. Many architects have been interested in philosophies of camouflage explored by the army.
“Referring to the long lasting Swiss tradition of hidden bunkers, the project integrates the highly urbanised landscape of the Alps. Already described by the French philosopher Paul Virilio in 1975, military architecture conducted by principles of camouflage has, for long, fascinated the architects. ”