Philosophy

We are committed to building differently.

As major players in the construction field, we have a big role to play in the ecological transition.

Caring for nature and caring for ourselves as living beings and a part of everything that is nature is not (only) using what are called biosourced materials or designing passive houses.

 

It means changing the paradigm

We are not only ready to embrace it but also support builders and companies in this transition.

We often hear about letting go, regaining unity, living in the moment, accepting things as they come…

It’s “in the air” at the moment.

 

How can it be translated into the building sector in real terms?

We are not claiming we are developing a miracle method.

The precepts that we are putting in place as our project experience grows are not meant to go mainstream.

 

Yet we take it to heart every day to transcribe the ethical values that drive us

In all our projects we defend a fundamental respect of people, resources and the environment in which we operate.

These experiences, in return, lead us every day to review our own ways of designing and doing.

 

We dream of a better world, a freer world that is fairer and more open

A world of sharing where we would care for ourselves, others and nature. A world in which each person would have their place, where each would have a roof. For having a roof conditions our protection in relation to the exterior, the possibility of rest and privacy. It is a fundamental need. So as young practitioners we consider housing to be our priority sector for acting.

 

We believe in the existence of a spirit of place, a genius loci

We see ourselves as passers whose role it is to chaperone the transformation of places, whether they have fallen into disrepair or are as yet devoid of any human occupancy. Everything is already there: the landscape, the matter and the light. Hence long before doing, we spend a long time on a site. We listen and watch with the greatest deal of contemplation.

 

We imagine architecture as a cross-cutting process, collective and open creation

The participation of and cooperation between players are for us the indispensable conditions for a project to emerge. To achieve this we implement specific communication tools  such as very large-scale models. On the strength of a composite vision, we assume responsibility for guiding the project and ensuring its consistency from one end of the operation to the other.

 

We opt for light wooden or metallic framing elements for the issues of handling and reusing materials

We prefer visible structures as opposed to plaster-plate finishings, but we remain open to all types of materials as long they make sense in a given context. We pay particular attention to the structure’s envelope not just in terms of energy performance but also in relationship to the outdoors (light, apertures).

 

We try to introduce movement and flexibility to architecture

From a material point of view this is translated by designing flexible arrangements and using curtains or sliding partitions (shoji) instead of fixed walls. From the immaterial point of view, it corresponds to a supple, evolving project process that embraces innovation and deals with the unexpected. We are open to the idea that things change whether it be during or after our intervention.

 

We know how to make beautiful and a lot with little

Budgetary issues have never put us off. Quite to the contrary. Setting limits is above all recognizing that natural resources are not unlimited, which matches our profound respect for the environment. We like simple, obvious things. We feel that beauty lies less in the finishings than in the intentions, that any material can be enhanced by the quality of how it is used.