8 Architects who move the lines

They are at the origin of a particularly emblematic project, they have been praised by a jury of professionals, they have a different view of the profession... These 8 architects, whom we have grouped together in an article, are undoubtedly to be followed in 2021 !


Big Eight Architecture, rebuild the human being by renovating the building

Reuse, social and solidarity economy, reception centre, eco-catering… Architecture will be virtuous here or it will not be. Each project is an opportunity to explore a new relationship with design, like the Grange Montsouris, nestled in the 14th Parisian district.

The roots of the architects Julia Turpin and Clara Simay on the banks of the Canal de l'Ourcq, in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, favored their involvement in projects such as the luggage store of the Passage de Flandres or the creation of the Ferme du rail , winning project in 2016 of the first edition of the call for innovative urban projects, Réinventer Paris, and winner of the 2020 "Prix du Projet Citoyen" organized by Unsfa .

Together, they claim another way of making the city, resilient and united. The agency will soon deliver the restructuring of the Figueraie building in Versailles, and is carrying out studies for the transformation of a military building in Senlis and the flower market on the Place de La Madeleine (Paris, 8th arrondissement).

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Sophie Delhay, housing as a starting point

 There are those who fight for quality architecture, those who fight for the place of architects in the world of construction, and those who think about the architecture of tomorrow. Sophie Delhay is all 3 at the same time.

A specialist in housing tailored to projects carried out in the four corners of France, the architect has been winning distinctions for 2 years: Grand Prix AMO 2019, Grand Prix du Congrès HLM 2019, Équerre d'Argent 2019, Housing category, Winner of the Prize 10 +1 d'A and nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Prize 2022.

Each time, its approach is praised: in housing, at the heart of programs fixed by specifications, standards and optimization ratios, it manages to surprise by delivering rooms with undifferentiated allocation, inviting the resident to "invent their own way of life", as was the case for the 40 housing units delivered in the Via Romana eco-district in Dijon, in May 2019.

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BAST, an agency without a title but not without a solid reputation

In the heart of the pink city, BAST (Bureau Architectures Sans Titre) has made a name for itself with a series of modest projects that have in common their uncluttered and straightforward style. If the efficiency of this architecture with brutalist accents is in tune with the times, it results first of all from a horizontal collective work methodology, and the aesthetics it produces are intended to be determined solely by the rigor of the processes put in place. in place.

Emerging from anonymity in 2017 by winning the first Prix de l'architecture Occitanie, Laurent Didier, Mathieu Le Ny and Louis Léger stand out for their extremely precise execution and design choices that create remarkable works within limited budgets. . This is the case, for example, when they deliver the school canteen in Montbrun-Bocage, a small town in Haute-Garonne, or the renovation/extension of a small house in Toulouse.

Today 5 within a SCOP where " everyone does the same job », they make the association a project in itself, and compose duets according to the projects, always making sure that internal collaborations are never frozen.


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Franklin Azzi, a jack-of-all-trades with crazy talent

The offices of the American promoter Hines in La Défense near Paris? It's him. The old Alstom halls transformed into an arts school in Nantes? Him again. The rehabilitation of the Montparnasse tower in the heart of the 14th arrondissement of Paris? The agency he founded New AOM (Franklin Azzi Architecture, Chartier Dalix, Hardel Le Bihan)…. At 42, Franklin Azzi is unquestionably a rising star of French architecture.

Touch of everything, he navigates between specialties in an agency he has sized for: on the one hand architecture, on the other design and interior architecture. Its Parisian premises on rue d'Uzès are the perfect showcase for this curiosity, regularly transformed to host temporary exhibitions.

The architect is currently chaining projects: after the delivery of a fast food kiosk in aluminium, wood and glass, a tribute to Jean Prouvé, located at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, the month of June opens with an exhibition curated by Domitille d'Orgeval called "Horizons".


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Sou Fujimoto, the architect who dared the white tree

Is it madness? The question arose on the front pages of certain newspapers when Sou Fujimoto, a Japanese architect who had set his sights on France, delivered this new kind of apartment building in Montpellier. With its “leaves” that open outwards, the generous balconies are the response to the search for environmental solutions best suited to the “ecology of the South”.

And then he designed the “vertical village” in Rosny-sous-Bois. Always accompanied by Dimitri Roussel and Nicolas Laisné who were already present during the Montpellier adventure, the trio signs a mastodon of an insane lightness, a colossus 50 meters high split into 2 buildings, in which will live a mixed program between accommodation, restaurants, sports halls etc.

To complete the undecided on his fate, Sou Foujimoto has finally proposed "A Thousand Trees" by which he wishes to reinvent Porte Maillot by placing a village buried in an artificial forest.


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2Portzamparc, always. And even.

We could start with the distinctions. But from the Pritzker Price, which he was the first Frenchman to win, to the Praemium Imperiale, via the Equerre d'Argent, which he won twice, Christian de Portzamparc represents nearly 50 years of distinctions.

So we could start with the most illustrious achievements. 2Portzamparc, the eponymous agency, is the Philharmonie de Luxembourg, the Hergé Museum, the Cidade Das Artes in Rio de Janeiro, towers in New York, towers in La Défense…

More recently, his agency continues to occupy a varied field, with the design of the Heffen City Project in Hamburg, the Sisters Towers at La Défense, or the splendid Cultural Center of Suzhou, in China, whose wing on the north side incorporates a 1,600-seat opera house, a Chinese opera house (600-seat modular hall), a music conservatory, a 360-degree cinema. On the south side, there are two museums, an exhibition center, a conference center, cafes, restaurants, cinemas, and shopping malls on a total area of 202,000 m².


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Nicolas Laisne, transdisciplinary architecture

A member of the French delegation responsible for promoting French architecture at the Venice Biennale, Nicolas Laisné has a busy agenda. With its “One Open Tower”, a 5 meter high sculpture summarizing the “ Manifesto of the French studio », his eponymous agency is displayed at the Corderie de l'Arsenal.

There is also the recent competition won with Leclercq and Blanchet for a giant building in Palermo, capital of the Italian region of Sicily. With, the French architects sign "the largest public work" ever built in Italy: 120,000 m2 and a peak at 180 meters high.

Always in search of an architecture that he himself describes as "augmented", Nicolas Laisné and his agency have a certain number of particularly noteworthy achievements to their credit, such as the White Tree, ANIS, a new office building generation in Nice, Arboretum, a wooden office campus in Nanterre or Huningue, a mixed program of great finesse in the Swiss agglomeration of Basel.

Convinced that architecture should be decompartmentalized, he surrounds himself on each of his projects with philosophers, agronomists, botanists, artists or even data scientists.

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With Dimitri Roussel, architecture dreams

DREAM. With such an agency name, ambitions are set very high from the outset. And indeed, with Dimitri Roussel, whose mention was mandatory after mentioning Sou Foujimoto and Nicolas Laisné, architecture is adorned with its finest finery.

On each of his creations, design asserts itself on the facade of a wide variety of projects. The agency, founded in 2018, sets no limits and plays with scales, from the football field commissioned by Nike in Bondy (93) to the largest wooden structure office campus in the world (Arboretum in Nanterre).

Dream is currently working on the delivery of a wooden project scheduled for the 2024 Olympic Games, with a basketball court on its top floor.

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