School of Chaillot -Training Department of the city or architecture – January 31, 2020

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At the request of OGIC, the School of Chaillot, training department of the City of Architecture and Heritage, is designing an architectural awareness day for its commercial executives, entitled: “Architectures of yesterday, towards a sustainable city”.

The objective of this day, to which Anne Demians is invited, aims to promote interactive cultural exchanges between teachers and participants, and to propose:

– a reference database in the history of architecture and the city of the 19th and 20th centuries

– a thematic representation of the manufacturing processes of the sustainable architecture project by two agencies recognized and innovative in their achievements, including that of Anne Demians

– a critical initiation / invitation to dialogue with contemporary architecture and its project managers within the framework of exchanges organized between two of them and the twenty registered listeners.

The animation and the teaching will be ensured by the director of the School of Chaillot, an architect-historian-teacher and two renowned architects whose educational interventions will be illustrated by examples of their achievements.

Anne Demians is asked to speak on a subject that is part of her daily life: “Building for a new nature in the city. What uses, what resources, what dialogues? “. She will respond with a thoughtful reflection on “The Future City”, a two-way title that will allow her to set out her commitments. Or how to ensure that the city of tomorrow renews itself and which, beyond the effects of fashion, adapts over time to new economic and environmental challenges. Anne Demians will present an attentive approach to give timelessness to her mastery of works, both through new projects recently delivered – the Black Swans in Strasbourg and the Dunes in Val-de-Fontenay – as in heritage projects – Grand Nancy Thermal and the Hôtel-Dieu in Paris – that it is a question of hybridizing without distorting them.

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City of the architecture – Debate what future for architecture ? January 14, 2020

Debate with the architects, Stéphanie Bru, Anne Demians, Eric Lapierre, Umberto Napolitano.

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Palace of Jena, my colleagues and I were invited to debate on what could be the future for architecture. This subject is at the heart of my concerns in the daily exercise of my job as prime contractor, it was also the subject of a memorandum that I signed under the title “The art of assembly “. I assert that it is through the analysis and synthesis of data related to the history, climate, topography, culture, circular economy or social balance of a context, that a project advances its real roots and its true legitimacy.

The gross act is simply to build. Then, it switches, or not, into the more sensitive register of architecture when assemblies built on artistic thought appear. In contrast, it is the absence of poetry and creativity that ends up reproducing, endlessly, models only built on the construction economy.

In addition, this debate allowed me to emphasize the fact that it is not the economy of means that interests me but rather the multiplicity of means necessary to implement to reach the equilibrium of its multiple components and of course to provoke emotion, this affective, intrinsic state and universal without which, architecture, whether of the past, the present, or the future, does not exist. To reach this emotion, and given the current difficult context in which we evolve, the solution of modern classicism is the one I prefer to highlight to restore this timelessness of which the period deprives us.

Announcement of Europan 15 results in France at the Cité de l'architecture

This year, Anne Demians was among the 11 juries of the 15th session of Europan 15, which awarded a total of 136 resident teams in 17 different countries.

The announcement of the results in France was made by Alain Maugard, President of Europan France, in the presence of Marie-Christine Labourdette, President of the City of Architecture, Marie-Hélène Badia, President of the jury, Hélène Peskine, Secretary PUCA and Agnès Vince, Director of Architecture at the Ministry of Culture.

Organized every two years, the competition takes place simultaneously in about twenty European countries. In each country, sites are proposed by local authorities and their partners (civil society, public services, local authorities, associations, inhabitants, etc.). Professionals apply to register on one of them. Theme of this 15th edition, Productive Cities, the same as for the previous edition, with a focus on the issue of ecological transition.

More than a competition of ideas, Europan is translated by projects realized in-situ. It is fully in line with existing tendering procedures, since it is compatible with the article of law on public procurement (Article 97 of Decree 2016-360 of 25 March 2016).

Launch of the National Days of Architecture 2019

Today, Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, and Marie-Christine Labourdette, President of the Cité de l’Architecture launched the 4th edition of the National Days of Architecture.

Marie-Christine Labourdette presented the main propositions of the “Values of architecture” report, the fruit of a mission that she piloted ” Values of architecture”.

Franck Riester proposed a joint mobilization around four main priorities :

  • To develop a better mediation of architecture for the general public 
  • To boost training in the architectural trades and modernize the conditions of practice of architects
  • To establish the interdepartmental anchoring of the architecture, under the impulse of the Ministry of Culture, to allow, in particular, a greater efficiency of the action of the State on the territories
  • To accompany architectural innovation in the service of ecological transition.

The JNA take place this weekend on 19 and 20 October 2019

Renovation of the ESPCI. Cross interview

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ESPCI Paris, a component of PSL University, has launched, with the support of the City of Paris, a major renovation project of its buildings.

Régis Rosmade, secretary general of ESPCI and Anne Demians, architect of the project, present the major issues of this vast real estate project dedicated to teaching, research and innovation at the heart of the PSL campus.

Anne Démians tackles the different phases of the construction site, the building’s performance and evokes the major restructuring of the ESPCI garden.

The comments are to read via the link below.


A nave at the Hôtel-Dieu, opposite Notre-Dame

A draft temporary nave at the Hôtel-Dieu, opposite Notre-Dame, was imagined by Anne Demians at the request of Martin Hirsch, General Manager of AP-HP and Joachim Azan, President of Novaxia.

The temporary nave serves as a modular hall, museum and cultural and will accompany the radiation of Our Lady, convalescent.

This nave, light and versatile 55 meters long, 13 meters wide and 16 meters high will be removable and movable.

Square House in Aubervilliers

Aubervilliers Maison Carree jardin 6 EMPGP

The agency is the winner of the competition launched by Icade, Plaine Commune of Greater Paris, Plaine Développement and the City of Aubervilliers on the site corresponding to the former rights of the warehouses and general stores of Paris (Ilot C, C ‘, C’ ‘).

The project is careful to preserve the history of the place and the existing frame in order to modernize the image of the site while preserving its identity.

The operation is virtuous from the beginning because it revitalizes a former industrial site. At each stage, there is the question of conservation (here the valorization of the existing halls), the flexibility of the new spaces created to adapt to future needs, their maintenance and their deconstruction in the long term.

The low-carbon approach, which targets the C2 level performance of the E + C experimental label, and BBCA excellence level, is integrated into all aspects of the project design.

Inauguration of the new central kitchen of Nice

On August 27, 2019, the inauguration of the new central kitchen of Nice by the Mayor Christian ESTROSI and many local personalities, in the presence of the builder Bouygues Bâtiment Sud-Est, in the person of Alain Loyer, President of BBSE and Manager of Linkcity South-East, Philippe Auroy Regional Director Côte d’Azur Monaco BBSE and architect Anne Demians.

The new central kitchen develops inside an extremely consolidated, smooth and homogeneous structure, like a large Provençal house.

The programming is extremely ambitious, 30 00 meals / day and vacuum cooking without plastic, which makes it the most important in France by its flow and positioning resolutely environmental avant-garde. This achievement appears today, at the new in its political ambition and unprecedented in its aesthetic language.

Return on an act of collective creation. Housing laboratory at the Cité de l'architecture

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Exchanges crossed, rich and open for this “Return on an act of collective creation in an unprecedented constructive process” bringing together project management, project management, general contractor and architects, in the presence of Mrs. Hélène Schwoerer, Deputy Managing Director and development Paris Habitat, Marie-Catherine Chazeaux, Director of Cogedim’s Products Division, Pierre-Olivier Ravoire Chief Operating Officer Léon Grosse, Anne Demians and Francis Soler, Architects.

We would like to thank Francis Rambert, moderator of this round table and Director of Architectural Creation of the City of Architecture & Heritage.


Round table at the Housing Laboratory : Pooling, a new construction method?

Laboratoire du logement

In the continuity of the exhibition “Praise of the method” at the Cité de l’architecture, which presents the Auteuil operation, the Housing Laboratory organizes a round table with the title :

Pooling, a new construction method?

Thursday 6th June 2019 – 19h

With the architects Anne Demians, Francis Soler, Rudy Ricciotti and Finn Geipel, the representatives of the project owner Paris Habitat & Cogedim and the company Léon Grosse. Moderation: Francis Rambert, Director of Architectural Design, City of Architecture & Heritage

Platform of architectural creation
7 avenue Albert de Mun
Paris 16e
Métro Iéna ou Trocadéro

Registration recommended, admission free and free within the limits of places available..

Hôtel-Dieu. Restructuring a site


It is in 2017 that the AP/HP, accompanied by the city of PARIS, launches a call for projects to transform the southern part of the Hôtel-Dieu and give it another life.

The project, winner of the May 2019 consultation, does not alter the historic structure of the existing building, but completely revisits its spaces. It is signed Anne DEMIANS, accompanied in its real estate reflection on heritage by Pierre Antoine GATIER (Chief Architect of Historical Monuments), LBA architecture (architects programmers), Constance GUISSET Design and worn by the developer NOVAXIA..

The challenge of such a project is to install a skilful balance between the historic structure of existing buildings and a busy program in new destinations. Unexpected assemblages to project the Hôtel-Dieu in a surprising modernity.

The Hôtel-Dieu, built between 1867 and 1878, by the architects Emile-Jacques GILBERT and Arthur-Stanislas DIET, is a hospital. The most important part of its spaces will remain the place of hospital activities.

It is in the north and north-east parts of the building that the hospital activities of the site are grouped together. And it is to the right of the south and south-west parts of the islet that will develop the new project carried by NOVAXIA on behalf of the AP/HP.


Gallery opening L'éloge de la méthode

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We thank all those who made the friendship to attend the opening of the exhibition Auteuil (Praise of the method) at the City of Architecture and Heritage. Marie-Christine Labourdette, President of the City and Francis Rambert, Director of the City, give us the opportunity to put into perspective the specific approach to the operation of the Gare d’Auteuil.





Auteuil exhibits at the City of Architecture and Heritage / Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Architecture

Anne Demians, Francis Soler, Rudy Ricciotti, Finn Geipel, architects, with Louis Benech, landscape.

Four architects, two owners, a general contractor, for one purpose: to build the city by housing.

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. The challenge of this exhibition is to put into perspective a specific approach that is in line with the experiments that have marked the history of housing in France.

The success of this project makes it a landmark that the Platform for Architectural Design has chosen to present as part of its “Laboratory Housing. This first project monograph also opens a new meeting, the collection of “Portraits of Architecture.”

Les Pop Conf' Spring 2019


Born in March 2016, La Pop houseboat is an artistic incubator and citizen, a place of residence, research and experimentation. Its mission is to accompany – by hosting artistic teams in residence – the spectacle factory where the sound material, the musical object are at the heart of the creation process. The Pop Conf ‘are appointments which gather most often an expert scientist and an artist around a question that is a priori trivial, but which concerns everyone, and whose answer is far from obvious. For a little over an hour, the speakers explore a theme related to the sound and / or musical world and go around the issue. Animated by the musicologist, editor of The Letter of the Musician and author Antoine Pecqueur, these appointments refer to the pop philosophy, concept and approach initiated by the philosopher Gilles Deleuze. Thus the speakers never deal with specialized subjects, reserved for specialists, but essentially multidisciplinary questions that concern the general public. Spaces for meetings and debates, these Pop Conf ‘bring together two looks, often complementary and carried by a process of research, that of the artist and that of the scientist. Monday, March 25 at 19:30, Frédéric Hocquard, deputy at the Paris City Hall In charge of the nightlife and the diversity of the cultural economy, Brigitte Métra, architect, Anne Démians, architect and Jean-Paul Lamoureux, acoustician will debate around the theme CAN A CITY SCULPT ITS SOUND IDENTITY?


BTP Morning #51 Transformation of offices into housing – Paris

Transformation of offices into housing : what are the stakes and prospects for the French market ?

BTP Consultants teams invited Anne Demians to this new edition of the Mornings BTP to expose her experiences.

In the space of twenty years, barely 45,000 m² of office space has been converted into apartments in the Ile-de-France Region, or around 350 housing units a year. The government has made this observation a strong component of the Loi Élan by encouraging and simplifying this transformation to try to reach the 500 000 m² transformed by 2022 in the Paris region.

This edition will provide a broad overview of major topics around this issue of transformation of offices into housing :

  • What is the framework offered by the Elan Law and what legal and regulatory aspects around these transformations?

  • What feedback can we draw from the first projects realized?

  • What about the reversible construction and temporary transformations

  • What are the pitfalls to avoid?

  • The round table takes place on Friday, March 22, 2019 from 8:30 to 11h at Cercle Lebrun 47 rue Cardinal Lemoine in Paris.


EnerJ-meeting 2019 – Le manifeste

On February 7th, the 3rd edition of EnerJ-meeting was held, attended by Anne Demians

The content of the conferences is in a reference book “Manifesto” summarizing all the interventions on the theme “building 2020, regulation and trends “. This book is at your disposal in electronic format and in free access and distribution

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3rd edition EnerJmeeting Paris 2019

Anne Démians presented an exemplary feedback of experience on the issues of multipurpose and adaptive buildings, building on her work and the projects realized or in progress of the agency. RETURNS OF EXPERIENCES

Talking about energy efficiency and reducing your carbon footprint, when you’re trying to build, is always a delicate subject, especially if you support the efficiency of the constructions that are projected from real returns. Many people attest, without certification of convenience, that the objectives would actually be achieved, after we were sold to them as a real social project, the feedback is a palpable value on which we can base Logical suites of well-made constructions. It is a question of contributing, for us, architects, to the fact of better building, while specifying that if we do not build well, we could start with less build, not even build at all, in certain situations, hoping to put an end to this constructive hysteria leading to the diffusion of too much carbon into the atmosphere.

So, in order not to disrupt the economic or political balances put in place by the building industry, we will contribute to making people aware of the corrections to be made to them. My participation since 2010 in the RBR 2020 group is in a fight against real estate production that consumes too much energy, but not only. Carbon, now seen through the spectrum of the E + C label, must reduce its footprint, by changing the production methods of the works and by intervening in the movement of materials and materials around the world. Winner of the first prize BAS CARBONE (EDF) submitted in 2008, I had already been interested in uncontrolled overconsumption. The work of the RBR 2020 group has become a platform to convince builders and public authorities to participate in this radical transformation, which is necessary to move towards fewer greenhouse gas emissions and more renewable energies

It is then that the return of experiences, plays its role. Operational research is us, who carry it with our achievements. And while some argue that it is parametric studies that optimize the energy form of our books, I prefer this intuition, this field experience, the technique and a sensitive synthesis of different constraints to achieve it. All these values ​​which open a real ground to the environment.

The Dunes, in Val de Fontenay, form a real estate complex, built for the Societe Generale, between 2013 and 2017, precisely on these values. It crosses efficient devices: efficient inertia attached to an unusual thickness of structures, lighting spaces made effective by the passive device of buildings based on orientations that will have caused the drawing of a mass plane in open and parallel lines rather than in closed court. Finally, use a synthetic wood on the facades. A product that has already had a first life and reaffirms its reuse

Round table "Strasbourg, an European city"

Anne Demians is invited alongside Jérôme Clément, founder of the French-German television channel, Georges Heintz, urban architect, Robert Herrmann, deputy mayor of Strasbourg, president of Eurométropole de Strasbourg, Alain Kuntzmann, project director for Participatory Housing, Urban Planning, Development and Housing Department, City and Urban Community of Strasbourg, Florence Lipsky, Architect, Alfred Peter, Landscape Architect, Roland Recht, Art Historian and Veit Stratmann, Franco-German artist for the portrait of a city in its configuration today. Beyond its positioning in the debate on major transitions, it is a question of defining the city spirit, its sensitive dimension, its specific identity. Successively German and French at various times, border city, frontal city,

Today European city affirmed, the new identity of Strasbourg is not yet decreed, but was lost by fifty years. How has this metropolis capitalized on this bicultural history that has made it one of the most interesting urban laboratories in France?

Round table at the City of Architecture and Heritage, February 4, 2019 at 19h.

(c) Georges Heintz