Rolle, Martinet secondary school, installation, two sequoia boards

Architects : Fournier-Maccagnan Architectes

Carpenter : Loïc Delafontaine

Pictures : André Schlaepfer

Inside the new building of the Martinet secondary school, the trunk of a century-old sequoia is embedded in the staircase of the main building, exactly where it used to be rooted. Climbing up the stairs, pupils, teachers, and visitors follow the thirteen-meter vertical cut.

The tree becomes a monument, a living memory. It showcases, like an open book, the marks left in its stumps as well as its many rings, referring to the passage of time. It becomes a witness of the history of the place.