April/Septembre 2019

The operation of the Gare d’Auteuil made it possible to implement a dual strategy articulating a new way of thinking about the city and a new way of thinking about construction. The success of this project makes it a landmark that the Architectural Creation Platform of the City of Architecture and Heritage has chosen to present as part of its Housing Laboratory. This first project monograph also opens a new meeting, the collection of “Portraits of architectures”.

The exhibition Praise of the method puts into perspective the specific approach of the operation of the Gare d’Auteuil. Unique urban piece, in line with the experiments that have marked the history of housing in France and fruit of an international competition launched by the City of Paris in 2008, this operation is carried out by a “collective of authors” consisting of four architects and a landscape architect: Anne Demians, Francis Soler, Rudy Ricciotti, Finn Geipel and Louis Benech. By opting for the fragmentation of the volumes built, the architects accentuated the crossing character of the operation and brought the possibility of real casting green. Departing from the local plan of urban planning that required alignment, they offered another device, more permeable to views and breathing, in a project that also meets the density requirements of the contemporary city. operation, 50% private, 50% social, in fact also an example of balance.

In terms of construction, the architects decided to rationalize the means used to guarantee economic performance. To do this, they will define a free-plate concrete structure and develop a “toolbox” in which each of them can draw to develop its project and its writing.

By this homogeneity of materials and templates,this approach demonstrates that the economy of means does not limit diversity or architectural quality. The exhibition gives the key to reading the complexity of the operation and gives pride of place to graphic documents and models at different scales, including a scale piece 1. It thus values ​​the act of collective creation in a unique constructive process.

This particular approach, which began the day the architects chose to embark on the adventure, will be explained and discussed during a debate bringing together project management, project management and general contracting.

From its opening in autumn 2015, the Platform for Architectural Creation , defined its Housing Laboratory as a watch on the critical issue of housing. It analyzes the most prospective projects in the light of major issues such as density, diversity, urbanity. 

The City of Architecture and Heritage / Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Architecture 1 Place du Trocadéro and 11 November 75016 ParisOpen every day except Tuesday from 11h to 19h Nocturne on Thursday until 9 pm

February 2017

The House of Architecture presents the work of Anne Demians Architectures in an exhibition entitled: The Dunes. A new model of horizontal density in response to the digital mutations of work.

The House of Architecture, 148 rue du Fbg Saint Martin 75010 Paris. From 7/12/2017 and until 28/02/2017, every day.