Modernity and continuity with the local context and culture are the strong points of Atelier Arcau, founded in 1979 in Vannes by architects Julien Veyron, Xavier Fraud and Marc Monnier. Their “architecture of dialogue” is the subject of the exhibition currently under way atLa Galerie d'Architecture in Paris.
The exhibition consists of three sequences forming a voyage through the studio’s history, built projects and current projects, including: Salorge multipurpose centre in Pornic, France, winner of the 2012 World Architecture Festival in the Civic and Community category, and the Gastronomic Campus in Saint Lô, Normandy, finalists in the 2017 World Architecture Festival 2017 in Berlin in the Higher education and research category.
The story of the studio’s architecture is accompanied by testimony from users and clients both public and private who express their opinion on Atelier Arcau’s work. The initiative demonstrates that only profound dialogue between all the parties involved permits complete understanding of context: an essential step in coming up with a project that is perfectly integrated into its natural or urban surroundings. The exhibition itself is designed as an essential place of discussion and dialogue, featuring workshops for finding out more about the architects’ way of working with a close-up look at the development of a project currently under way: the Light Human Hotel in Venaco, Corsica.
Title: Architecture du dialogue
Location: La Galerie d'Architecture, Paris - France www.galerie-architecture.fr
Photos: © atelier arcau, © Stéphane Chalmeau, © Hervé Le Reste, © Jean-François Mollière