In Tunisia, next to Resort Hotels’ private beaches, local people settle in public beaches every summer, improvising an ephemeral habitat for the day, a micro architecture connected with nature.
Wilderness camping, vernacular shelters or expression of the Bedouin tradition, these nomads bubbles embedded in the sand show as many solutions implemented to fully enjoy the pleasures of the beach.
The search for comfort is a constant in all human construction. Each of these bubbles is a spatial organization whose structures’ rules are dictated by the materials used (carpets, mats, “foutas”, umbrellas, wood ...), arranged according to the abilities and choices of each. This results in a variety of settlements, a complex web of simple elements whose arrangement and orientation is determined by the solar race, wind intensity, functional happiness of needs and activities. Horizontality, verticality, angle, curvature, continuity, discontinuity, superposition, dissociation of constructed space ... behind the apparent simplicity of form, the combination and juxtaposition of these elements are complex causal relations : economic social and cultural data, determined by the architectural answer.
In an environment delivered to those who disfigure it, Tunisians spontaneously erect an architecture of happiness, soothing and poetic, contrasting with the hegemony of starred hotels, where luxury and comfort are often only promises of happiness.
Formal expression of Tunisians’ mythical and spiritual relationship Tunisians with their environment, this micro nomadic architecture has the virtue of showing us the opportunity to recreate at a human scale, a small paradise on earth.