January - February 2017
Haussmann Special Issue
Paris Haussmann, Modèle de ville
The Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris has invited LAN and Franck Boutté to curate the exhibition PARIS HAUSSMANN, Modèle de ville. Presented from January 31 to May 7, the exhibition enables visitors to rediscover this architectural heritage at all levels with more than 100 drawings, plans, archived documents, photographs by Cyrille Weiner, and numerous models.
The morphology of road networks is an indispensable analy-tical tool for defining urban forms.
Haussmann’s concept of the city covers the entire built environment, from redrawn streets and urban fixtures to building façades, down to the individual stylistic elements and ornamental components.
Designed from the outset to host diverse usages and populations, the Haussmann investment property also demonstrated considerable aptitude in terms of changing its configurations and usages, a capacity for transformation and reversibility.
Searching for density
The blocks can be considered as an assembly of units: a block can become a single building, or be composed of independent units, following a process that is sometimes reversible.
Official photographer for the city of Paris under the Second Empire, Charles Marville (1813-1879) is renowned for his series that document the streets and squares of Paris before and during the Haussmann’s modernization program.
European cities are characterized by the strong correlation between the form of the individual block, which constitutes the basic component of the urban fabric, and the form of the city.
Although the building is the true icon of Haussmann’s urban production, the type commonly known as “investment property” (or “rental property”) was already present in the 18th century.
As part of the upcoming exhibition at Pavillon de l’Arsenal, photographer Cyrille Weiner produced the series “Paris Haussmann, Variations de l’identité”. LAN invites you to discover his personal work and the way he captures the world around him.
Haussmann strove for everything, for everything in Paris to be “embellished… expanded… rehabilitated.”
He expressed a wish that was both for the above and the below ground, for the beautiful and the useful, and from overall picture down to the smallest detail. In seventeen years, the prefect of Paris laid 600 km of sewers and 175 km of streets, built city halls for the arrondissements and schools, designed squares, parks, and woods, stimulated private investment, rebuilt neighborhoods in the city center, and envisioned those at the outskirts. Rarely has a public official had such an impact on popular culture. His name embodies the Grands Travaux, the major public works of the Second Empire, and by extension, the city’s transformations into the early 20th century. Still today, the name Haussmann delineates the city and gives shape to its urban cityscape. He personifies the city of Paris’ urban identity in the present day more than anyone else.
Pavillon de l'Arsenal
The Pavillon de l'Arsenal which will host the upcoming Paris Haussmann exhibition, is the Paris Center for Information, Documentation and Exhibition of Urbanism and Architecture.
November - December 2016
Venice Architecture Biennale l Seconde Main l Brittany Architecture Award l Grand Palais l Selection of books
Umberto Napolitano will begin teaching in the university of GSAPP Columbia of New-York, in January 2017.
Following the competition of the Grand-Palais won in 2014, the schematic development began this Automn. We will keep you posted about the progressing of this monumental project.
16th Forum of Urban Projects
The « Forum des projets urbains » is an information platform about the main urban settlement operations at the French and European scales. The political and technical leaders as well as the settlement actors exchange and participate to the presentation of major urban projects. LAN will have the opportunity to present the urban project of the Saint-Urbain plot in Strasbourg.
Seconde Main, Seconde Peau
The Art School of Beauvaisis and the CAUE de l'Oise organize the cycle of conferences "Seconde main, Seconde peau". As part of it, LAN will give a lecture on the 9th of November in the CAUE de l'OIse : "La peau dans le projet architectural », with the presentation of the project of Bure, the archives centre of EDF.
Membership in the Académie d'Architecture
Since the 6th of October, Umberto Napolitano is a member of the Académie d'Architecture, you can discover his speech here.
Architecture Biennale of Venice
The 15th edition of the International Architecture Exhibition of Venice nears the end. The dismantling is planned for the first week of December. One month left to enjoyf it !
The 81 issue of the Archistorm magazine integrates an article about the participation of LAN to the 15th edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Selection of books
by Samuel Hoppe, VOLUME's bookseller
For the end of this year, LAN shares with you a selection of books. They are commented and presented by Samuel Hoppe, the director of the library VOLUME in Paris. 7 books hold our attention, in regards with their link to the actuality of the studio as well as for their rich content.
September - October 2016
Amédée Saint-Germain l AR Awards l Oslo Architecture Triennale l Mouvaux l Le Maillon Theatre l Academy of Architecture l "Cadre de Ville"
On the 6th of October, Umberto Napolitano will enter in the « Académie d’Architecture ».
AMEDEE SAINT-GERMAIN DISTRICT
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.
September 2016 is the time of renewal : we have the pleasure to present you the new comers in LAN.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 :
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.” [...]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.»
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
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.
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.
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.
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. [...]"
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......"
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....."
"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.
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.
PROTOTYPETHE SACLAY CAMPUS
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."