When 13 architecture, art, and design students from Laval University in Canada decided to build "A Thousand Traps to Escape" using local materials, the ubiquitous lobster cages in the area made of wood and fishnet instantly sprung to mind. Not only are there loads of these traps lying around given the importance of the lobster industry in Northeast Canada, but they also stack really well. In just five days the students erected a P-shaped pavilion that now serves as an awesome communal gathering space.
Located on the Magdalen Islands of Quebec, and completed in 2011, “A Thousand Traps to Escape” was an experimental project that was overseen by Krystina Tremblay and Olivier Lord. The long fluid site called for a complementary design, which is why the students chose to stack the simple traps on top of one another in a long line that ends in a circle. Its color and form blends in with the sand and sea, but stands in stark contrast to the red rocks scattered on the beach.
Conceived as something efficient, temporary, and spontaneous, this unique pavilion took just five days to transport, dismantle and then erect. Likewise, when its life comes to an end, it will be very easy to disassemble and move elsewhere, and it has such a tiny footprint, it will be like the lobster traps were never there to begin with. In the meantime, the circular space at the end is a great place for community bonfires and musical extravaganzas!
Via Arch Daily