The cabanes de gardian

Gardians (the Camargue cow boys), fishermen and shepherds lived in huts, which are still easily recognizable thanks to their geometric shape: a juxtaposition of a parallelepiped, a cylinder, a cone and a prism.

The traditional architecture of this hut is the perfect mix between simplicity and ingeniousness. Its apse always faces the North, from where comes the mistral - a strong wind that could have damaged the fragile house (in the past the cabanes were entirely made by reeds and clay).

On the top of the roof there is a cross, which not only had a symbolic function of protection, but it was useful in case of storms as a lightning rod, or as ‘pivot’, which the gardians would tie a rope to, in order to grant their house even more stability in case of strong wind.