The studio highlights the pleasure of building and pays tribute to everyone involved in the creation of a work of architecture: the building workers and craftsmen, the engineers, the clients, and of course the architects themselves. Structure, which is the essential element of construction, characterizes its projects. It creates unexpected and surprising opportunities. Its on-site assembly is also part of the process. The studio’s fascination with these key stages is clearly presented in the films and illustrations. This constructive approach is evident in the studio’s work. Their buildings, bridges and walkways all bear witness to this. The lightness and precision of structure is a predominant element in the overall composition.
All the technical components are visible—the ducting of ventilation, water and electricity— and they become elements that organize the space and testify to the contribution of the workers. The meticulous attention to detail reflects the skill of the craftsmen, their expertise. The architectural language is direct and powerful: a raw, visible materiality makes the composition legible and softens spaces. It facilitates future adaptations and encourages re-use. Since its creation the studio has been rigorous in its use of natural lighting and ventilation and its pursuit of energy efficiency. Lightness and transparency are everywhere.
34 projects of the studio are showcased in the Galerie d’Architecture in Paris until the 28 of October.