« It was a sunny winter day in 1960, and I was sitting on an old wall in a place called “Les Treilles”… By my side, Pierre Barbe, as surprised as I was, was discovering part of the countryside. What were we doing in this end-of-the-world landscape, linked to Tourtour only by small paths used by shepherds and their sheep? Shades of blue spread out to the horizon… Abandoned walls and olive trees emerged from bushy vegetation. » (Anne Gruner Schlumberger)
Mastering this vast expanse of land, then a mix of wild forests and bushy undergrowth, was a serious challenge. « Seduced by the idea, Pierre Barbe chose as a spot to develop the project an area where old houses still stood, and where a simple architecture would be perfectly suited with an exterior and an interior harmony linking the houses to each other. Henri Fisch was narrowly associated to the project, and his plantations preceded and accompanied the building of the domaine. His vision into the future created the landscape we have today. » (Anne Gruner Schlumberger)
Spread out from the sixties to the eighties, the construction works unravelled themselves in four steps and three different levels of intervention by the project manager, from the rehabilitation of the old houses, to the use of old foundations for a new building, via brand new creations ex-nihilo.
The landscapes and architecture were, as time went by, further enriched by works of art, most notably sculptures commissioned by Anne Gruner Schlumberger to various artist friends of hers such as Max Ernst, Henri Laurens, François-Xavier Lalanne, Yassilakis Takis… thus creating an entity which was registered on the historical monuments additional registry in 2009. [Read more]
Reality of a dream in which Anne Gruner Schlumberger saw « a writer, a philosopher, a geologist, each working on his piece and contributing their creative minds without barriers or boundaries », the Domaine des Treilles is still today a privileged place of and for reflection, encounters and exchanges.