10/10/2012

ULGC / The Architecture Post | Video ı Studio Visit 01: DATA Architects, Paris, France

I am inaugurating a new project, Studio Visit series, with DATA Architects.
DATA Architects
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180 Housing Units For Students and Researchers, ZAC de la Gare de Rungis, Paris
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DATA Architects is a young Paris-based agency that envisions to change the contemporary architecture scene.
Housing for Students and Researchers, Paris, 2012
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The agency was founded in 2010 by two young architects Leonard Lassagne and Colin Reynier. I was greeted in a young and busy firm composed of about ten architects and interns. They are young and ambitious.
DATA Architects in Paris, France
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The space is divided in three sections. The working space is a long and minimalist open space rectangular in form, dominated by computer stations. The layout of this space — computer stations placed in rows — facilitates continuous communication between the staff. Natural daylight is maximized through a large window and the white furniture, walls and columns.
Work stations
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DATA Architects in Paris, France
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working space
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Working space
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Colin Reynier tells me that this area is shared by two agencies: theirs and another young agency R-Architecture. Space sharing offers benefits to young architects such as sharing experiences, and, why not, collaboration.
Working space
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Staff
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Andrezieux ı Plan and rendered view © DATA Architects
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The working space leads to a small but flexible space on the left. This space serves as a break out space and other functions.
Model | © DATA Architects
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I filmed the two founders in an area separated from the working space by a passage that leads to the building's other entrance door. This area functions as a meeting place and an archive room, with study and final building models lined along a large window, model storage, a large rectangular table in the middle and along the walls large images on panels of some of their projects.
La Seyne Sur Mer ı Nouveau Casino
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We take a look at the young practice's three recent projects: housing units, and two large private buildings. Just completed: 180 Housing units for students and researchers located in the ZAC (Urban Development Zone) de la gare de Rungis, Paris. A metallic building, triangular in form, with a central atrium.
Montrond | Nouveau Casino
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The two other projects are in progress. Two casinos. The first casino is announced to be completed in few months. Located in La Seyne-sur-Mer, France, the building will sit on a parcel of land that faces the Mediterranean Sea. The second casino,  located in Giffaumont Champaubert, France, will be completed by 2014.
Montrond | Nouveau Casino
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The agency works in France. The ambition nevertheless is to develop projects internationally.
Montrond | Nouveau Casino
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Lassagne and Reynier love sport; they thus dream of building stadium in the nearing future. They add to have taken part in competitions to designing stadium, but they always finished second. Maybe a day…
Serlachius
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In a time of crisis, developing projects for a young practice requires time, energy and a high dose of work. But the agency team is optimist and works hard, weekend included.
Rendered view of Andezieux
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While discussing with the founders, the staff, very busy, goes on working… certainly on new competitions.
Model of 180 Housing Units, ZAC de la Gare de Rungis, Paris
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Rendered view of 180 Housing Units
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Rendered night view of 180 Housing Units
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180 Housing Units
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Rendered night view of La Seyne Sur Mer ı Nouveau Casino
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Model of Montrond ı Nouveau Casino
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Rendered view of Montrond ı Nouveau Casino
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