Architecture in negotiation
Alexandre Theriot, together with Stéphanie Bru, forms the backbone of the Parisian architectural firm Bruther. Among other things, they became well-known for the culture and sports centre in the densely populated Saint Blaise district of Paris (2014) and for the New Generation Research Center at Caen in Normandy (2015). In his projects, Bruther seeks a delicate balance between strategy and form, rigour and freedom, specific and generic, immediacy and evolutivity. They often seek this balance in the densely populated city centre.
The result of dealing with living and homeliness in this case is an architecture in a perpetual state of negotiation. How can we deal with the notions of privacy and homeliness, while at the same time generating a so-called urban liveliness? How does this translate in terms of design? An example is a project with 25 housing units and commercial spaces (2017) in the eclectic environment of Rue Pelleport in the twentieth arrondissement of Paris. The residential building was planned in such a way that not only in the heart of the building block an open green area is created, but also that the pavement can be broadened locally, thus stimulating encounters. A residence for university researchers in the park environment of Cité Internationale in Paris (2013) also enters into a dialogue with the environment: a compact, split cube on the edge of the park tries to integrate itself into the logic of the sober and uniform ensemble of residential buildings. A raised ground floor provides a natural sound and visual barrier which allows the entire building to be glazed. A minimal, functional but flexible and adaptable layout of the residential units (e.g. by means of removable partitions) ensures that the vacant 'open' space can become fertile ground for the development of community life.
Even in a less densely populated context where detached houses take precedence, the French architects depart from a well-thought-out footprint. For example, the social housing building with 50 housing units in Limeil-Brévannes (2013) appears to be a pivot between the extensive park area that is surrounded by high-rise buildings and the residential fabric on the other side.
In 2008, Stéphanie Bru and Alexandre Theriot founded the Paris-based Bruther architectural firm. In the meantime, they also have a branch in Lausanne, Switzerland. They focus on architecture, research, education, urban planning and landscape. Like Stéphanie Bru, Alexandre Theriot teaches at EPFL Lausanne and is a guest professor at ETH Zurich. In 2014 the duo published the monograph 'Introduction' and in 2017 '2G 78' featured 13 of their projects.
AUDITORIUM 19/20 lecture series on architecture, urban planning and design
HOME – There’s no place like home
How can we generate a place for ourselves today? Where do we choose that place and how do we define our 'own' place? This lecture series aims to focus on architecture as the initiator of thoughts on contemporary housing issues. Can architecture be more than a way of sweetening the pill of an economic model? Shouldn't architecture be the core from which new (affordable) housing grows? And what would constitute 'new housing'?
19.11.19: Miroslav Sik (CH)
18.12.19: Anthony Vidler (UK/USA)
12.02.20: Frédéric Druot (FR)
12.03.20: Bruther (FR)
26.03.20: Dogma (BE)
04.05.20 21:00: Estudio Teddy Cruz (USA)
CURATOR: Laura Meulemans / PARTNERS: STUK Kunstencentrum, KU Leuven dep. architectuur, Existenz / SUPPORT BY: stad Leuven, Vlaamse Overheid / SPONSORING: Febelcem, ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems, Vandersanden Group, A+ Architecture in Belgium
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