The Tipping Cube in France Is ‘An Ode to Vertigo’
Designed in honour of a fellow architect’s 30th birthday, take a look at this absolutely stunning ‘Tipping Cube’ structure by Christophe Benichou. Balancing at the side of the Pic-Saint-Loup summit near Montpellier in the south of France, the structure offer mesmerising views as far out as the Mediterranean.
With unique panoramic views across the south of France from the Mediterranean to the Cévennes, Tipping Point is ‘as much a place of rest and contemplation for hikers as an object-homage to the powerful beauty of this territory.’
Accessed by a set of stairs at the back, the Tipping Cube has been designed to give the sensation of a motionless fall or an imminent flight. The viewing platform is encased by a leaning boxed structure made from a perforated roof and thus provides a much needed break from the baking French sun.
As well as offering shade and breath-taking views to passers-by, the lower part of the structure has been made available to trekkers who want to spend a night at the summit.
The inspiration for the ‘Tilting’ project came from the Pic Saint-Loup summit itself. Designed as ‘true praise of the void and an ode to the vertigo’ of the mountain summit, the Tilting Cube aims to offer users a surprising and even frightening experience after the ascent through the forest on what are actually relatively mild slopes.
We absolutely love the Tipping Cube concept and if you want to check out more of Christophe Benichou’s work, head over at his Website.