September - October

Amédée Saint-Germain l AR Awards l Oslo Architecture Triennale l Mouvaux l Le Maillon Theatre l Academy of Architecture l "Cadre de Ville"

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FOCUS ON #04 - Le Maillon Theatre

Focus On is a video series aiming to share the conception and the reality of LAN’s projects. Umberto Napolitano, Dorothée Riou and Marcello Orlandini present us Le Maillon Theater and detail this cultural project which major characteristic resides in its modularity.

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AR Housing Award

We are glad to announce 79 collective housings in Bègles won the AR Housing Awards. The Jury, composed of Sasa Radulovic, Cany Ash and Je Ahn appreciated “the riposte to the usual contemporary style of housing which is often ‘rigid, prescribed and out-of-the-box”.

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Super5 realized, in collaboration with Gregory Wagenheim, the video clip of the band "Chapelier Fou" - La Guerre des Nombres, in which we can see the Archives Centre of EDF.

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"Académie d'Architecture"

On the 6th of October, Umberto Napolitano will enter in the « Académie d’Architecture ».

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LAN just finalized the elaboration of functional and technical specifications of the urban project of the new district of Amédée Saint-Germain in Bordeaux. It includes the general dictates as well as the detailed plots notices.


New recruits


September 2016 is the time of renewal : we have the pleasure to present you the new comers in LAN.

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Oslo Architecture Triennale

This year, the Architecture Triennale of Oslo, named “After Belonging” aims to answer to the two questions: How can different agents involved in the built environment address the ways we stay in transit? How can architects intervene in the reconfiguration of the contemporary residence? The vernissage will take place in Oslo on the 10th of September, at the school of architecture and design of AHO.

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The DETAIL review presents the Carré Lumière residences in its last issue released in July 2016. The article describes the 79 collective housings from their conception to their construction, sharing precise technical drawings.


The Carré Lumière project in Bègles won the AR Housing Awards. For this occasion, the journalist Manon Mollard wrote an article for the Architectural Review:

AR Housing 2016 winner: with its abundance of natural light, this project instils in its residents a feeling of space and freedom. In the world of real-estate advertising, any outhouse, lumber room or junk cupboard is deemed worthy of mention as the pièce en plus. And while the popular aspiration to own a small outdoor space, at almost any cost, has called for a new design trend of micro furniture – a plethora of items are available to convert the tiniest balcony surface into usable space, from foldable tables hanging from railings to half parasols against a wall – LAN Architecture’s recently completed Carré Lumière housing project aims to convert the promise of outdoor space into an integral part of the home.

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Building permit

The building permit for the Saint-Urbain project in the urban development zone of L’Etoile in Strasbourg has been submitted in the beginning of July.

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The urban project of Amédée Saint-Germain led the team to make a typologic study of the Sacré-Coeur district housing. It is how we dealt with the "échoppe" caracteristics in depth: a typical house from Gironde region and especially from Bordeaux, that will inspire the architecture of the futur project.

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Cadre de Ville

LAN is invited to take part in the event Cadre de Ville and will give a conference on the thematic : "Living city : adapted housings, new uses of housings, value of the associated services". (Drawing : Akagi, Kojiro 赤木 曠児郎, 1972).

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PLI 02

We invite you to discover Pli: a publication of architecture and edition. Its next issue will be launched on the 22th September, at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal.

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Round Table : Montre-moi / Vis Meg

During the Oslo Architecture Triennale, Umberto Napolitano will be part of a round table organized by the Institut Français of Norway and the AHO: the architecture and design school of Oslo.



June - July 2016

Special issue Biennale : International Architecture Exhibition of Venice / First stone Saclay / Prototype Nantes / Champs-Elysées Theater / Opening ceremony of the town hall


15th International Architecture Exhibition of Venice

LAN participates in the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of Venice. The “Carré Lumière” residence in Bègles and the urban renovation of the Génicart district in Lormont are presented. Discover the installations, still visible until November 28th in the Central Pavilion of the Giardini:

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Letter to Alejandro Aravena

Imagining a space of possibilities.

In response to the thematic of the 15th edition of the International Architecture Exhibition of Venice, LAN wrote two letters to the curator of the event, Alejandro Aravena. Both are present in the catalogue of the event. One of them concerns the "Carré Lumière" residences project in Bègles :

Dear Alejandro,

We agree with you fully. Architects today have more battles to fight than ever. In a world where prevailing opinions leave no room for other voices, projects have become our own acts of resistance. They are opportunities to set precedents that, just as in law, we can then cite as an established right.

We built these two buildings in Begles in this spirit, with the idea of being able to say, “Look, it’s possible.” [...]

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The guest

Eric Anton

LAN invites you to meet THE GUEST. A bi-monthly rendez-vous which highlights a striking personality for the studio: artist, fellow, co-worker, inspiring people, … Discover with us, the guest of the month.



From the assembly in LAN’s studio in Paris, to the transport, until the setting in the room of the Central Pavilion of Giardini, find the making-of the installations of both projects presented at the International Architecture Exhibition of Venice.

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The "Carré Lumière" residences have a place of honour at the Biennale. With the urban renovation of Lormont, the 79 collective units of Bègles vouch for a contemporary, ecological and social architecture in line with the challenges of the XXIst century. We warmly thank all the residents who made this exhibition project possible.

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Lormont in the spotlights in Venice. The renovation of the Génicart district in Lormont, illustrates the theme of the architecture exhibition 2016 : "Reporting from the front". It shows how architectural gestures and landscape interventions can modify an urban environment, for the better.

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Biennale d'architecture de Venise

Between the Giardini and the Arsenal, LAN recommends you 10 unmissable projects during your trip to the architecture Biennale of Venice.


Toy objects

The construction of the model of Bègles for the International Architecture Exhibition of Venice required a lot of toy objects. The lasercut enabled us to make a large number of them. For the rest, a little store looking like Hansel and Gretel tale provided us.

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First stone

Saclay - Student residences

The first stone of the large student residences project (1 000 beds and 899 housing units) of the urban development zone of Moulon, Paris-Saclay campus, in Gif-sur-Yvette (91) was layed on the 25th of May 2016, in the presence of Valérie Pécresse.

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Collector 2016

Didier Faustino invited LAN to participate to the special edition Collector 2016. Its launch took place at the Palazzo Grassi, on Friday 28th of May 2016, during the professional day of the Architecture Biennale of Venice. This edition presents the work of about twenty personnalities who should - to the redaction mind - strike the 2016 architectural news.

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Opening Ceremony

Town hall of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande

On the 18th of June, the city-hall of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande was inaugurated. The Mayor, Mr Emmanuel Couet and the municipal team was glad to present the building to the general public.

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On the 9th of June, LAN was invited to the round table "Qu'est-ce que la lumière dans l'architecture ?" (What is light in architecture ?), at Paris Belleville National School of Architecture. Each participant had to describe two pictures illustrating their answer.

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LAN answered the competition regarding the Bonnat-Helleu City Art Museum of Bayonne. «Extending the gallery space towards the school provides the opportunity to create an entity that would spring naturally from the original form, and from the spatial experience of the Planckaert project.»


Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

LAN will soon be unveiling its next project, sited on Avenue Montaigne in Paris. Meanwhile, let us share with you the history of one of the emblematic buildings that sits close by: the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

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Nantes - Urban renewal

The first samples of facade concrete have been produced. Their particularity resides in their gradation from a sandy to a sand-blasted texture. They will constitute the façade of plot 5 of the Nantes project.


April - May 2016

Saint Jacques | Julien Lanoo | Venice Biennale | New Website San Rocco | Colombes | Special Issue AMC

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The Town-Hall of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande


We tried to develop this project from a clear standpoint: that the new town hall building has to be a place capable of generating life, a place more than a building, a meeting place rather than somewhere one goes for administrative purposes, a clear, unitary image that can create an identity without resorting to the clichés inherent in buildings representing state authority, a workplace concerned more with the intelligence of its space than the materials, and techniques used to create it.

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15th edition of the Venice Biennale of Architecture

From the 28th of May until the 27th of November 2016, LAN will participate to the next edition of the International Architecture Exhibition of Venice : Report from the front. Alejandro Aravena, who recently received the Pritzker Price and is the curator of the event, invits the participants to present the role of architecture in the struggle for the improvment of life quality through twisted ways, changing contexts and the exploitation of new intervention fields. You will be able to discover the presentation of two of LAN's projects in the Central Pavilion of Giardini.


The guest

Julien Lanoo

LAN invites you to meet THE GUEST. A bi-monthly rendez-vous which highlights a striking personality for the studio: artist, fellow, co-worker, inspiring people, … Discover with us, the guest of the month.

Lan Model Inspirations


The Avery Review is a journal dedicated to thinking about books, buildings, and other architectural media. LAN has been invited to be one of the contributors of its next publication. Here is the introduction :


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Lecture, on the 3rd of May 20116

LAN is invited by the association DEVENIR to give a lecture on the 3rd of May 2016 at the Vasarely Foundation, in Aix-en-Provence.

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72 housings

The 72 housings of the urban development zone of La Marine will be shortly completed. "Creating a convivial setting that federates the town’s different districts and acts as a kind of bridge between the apartment block typology and the small private house, was one of the major keys to this project’s success. Ideally, we had to be able to respond to universal housing needs, and propose different types of units in order to favour and create mixity and generational confrontation. [...]"


Portrait d'Agence

In the first AMC Special issue - "Portrait d'Agence", 50 pages relate the studio, its projects and philosophy.


Invisibles Vertus

Franck Boutté wrote the preface of the AMC special edition "Portrait d'Agence" dedicated to LAN. These few pages give a very personal description of LAN, its protagonists, its projects.

"Our meeting LAN began with a bet. At the time they occupied a rather large portion of the second floor of a beautiful, former industrial building in the 11th arrondissement, in the Cité de l’Ameublement. I went there one night with Jacques Moussafir, who had been invited to give a lecture and present his work and projects by the two guys who headed LAN. Somewhat unusually for architects, Benoit and Umberto, who weren’t well known at the time, believed that shared knowledge and debate were essential, if not indispensable for creative arts and practice......"

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The Client

The magazine of architecture SAN ROCCO asked LAN to contribute to "Your Favorite Client". The rule was clear : "Client acquisition has always been and remains one of the hardest and most frustrating activity of an architect. Somehow taboo as it as to do with ones most secret networks, but also because “direct assignment” is almost politically incorrect.13 architects reveal to us which personality they always wished to convince....."

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"Estate. Reloading housing"

Lecture, on the 10th of May 2016

On the 10th of May, LAN will give a lecture in the Aula Magna of the Politecnico of Turin, about the renewal of the housing patrimonial in our cities.


Kurume Kasuri

In the framework of the Tenjin Business Center project in Fukuoka, LAN discovered Kurume-Kasuri, a Japanese dye fabric technique. Waiting for the description of this project in the next bi-monthly, here is the story of the Kurume-Kasuri:

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Arena Design

Poznan, 8th of March 2016

The Arena Design is a unique venue for business meetings of producers and designers as well as a space for the presentation of the latest achievements in the field of design.




LAN won the competition for the Amédée Saint Germain's project in Bordeaux Euratlantique, which is an urban operation of national interest, the major urban project in France, outside of the Parisian region.



Color Research

At the moment, LAN is doing a colour research for the façades of the urban project of Strasbourg.

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April 11th 2016

Mextropoli in an international Festival about the Architecture and the City. It took place in the begining of March 2016 in Mexico. During these fews days, architects, urbanists, artists, and many specialists shared about this topic. At this occasion, LAN was invited to give a lecture and to animate a workshop with Mexican students from Ibero University.




The first prototypes of the "Muses" for the project of the student residence are arrived : "Without orientation, nor prioritization, five cylinders, perfectly extruded from the circle, form the volumes and become ultimately part ofthe landscape composition, following the example from the gardens of pleasure in the early 18th century."