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Press kit - Press release - The Pavilions presentation 2014 - Association Champ Libre - Festival des Architectures Vives (FAV)

The Pavilions presentation 2014

Association Champ Libre - Festival des Architectures Vives (FAV)

Montpellier, France, 2014-04-16 - For this 9th edition of the Festival des Architectures Vives, the Pavilions of Montpellier and of La Grande Motte are made by the Atelier NH in Montpellier and the Atelier Jerome Lafond in La Grande Motte. The pavilion is the starting point of the Festival des Architectures Vives. It aims to inform the visitors, to guide them in their journey. This is also the place of the public vote. Ideally located in the heart of the cities of Montpellier and La Grande Motte is a major work. They will be successively opened in Montpellier on Wednesday June 4 to Sunday, June 15, 2014, from 9:00am to 7:00pm and from the 21rst to the 29th of June 2014 from 10:00am to 7:00pm in La Grande Motte.


The pavilion has many aims:

- be the place of welcoming and informations for the public,
- be the start of the route because easily identifiable,
- do the link with the past years with the books of FAV since 2006.

Is also:

- the place for the public’s vote for the best installation,
- the place for the awards ceremony.

The pavilion is open to the public one week before the opening of sites.

The pavilions of 2012 and 2013 Montpellier’s editions are exhibited at Ecole Nationale Superieure d ‘Architecture of Montpellier. The one of 2012 has been presented at Pierres Vives as part of an exhibition « Morceaux choisis » during the June month 2013.

The FAV’s Pavilion of Montpellier

For the 9th edition of the Festival des Architectures Vives in Montpellier, the Pavilion will be create by the
Atelier NH, Laura NARGEOT and Aurélie HARLIN, two young architects.

The team

At first, Atelier NH is a meeting. Upon entry to the Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Architecture de Montpellier, Laura Nargeot and Aurélie Harlin develop a special affinity built around a collective approach to think a project. A workshop abroad, student projects, happy competitions ... are all projects that have fueled the desire to form a duo.

After receiving their diplomas in 2011 ENSA Paris Val -de- Seine (FR) for Laura Nargeot and EPFL (CH) for Aurélie Harlin, each feeds on various experiments. One working in Montpellier, the other in Lausanne, they maintain mutual exchanges that are more rich and inexhaustible.

After their participation in FAV La Grande Motte 2013, the two young architects decided to unite their skills. Therefore, Atelier NH is created. Drawing inspiration from a variety of fields, their duo is organized around a common sensitivity where their skills are complementary. Their approach tends to think of Architecture as primarily a constructed environment where the spirit of the place is naturally important. In this context, their approach defends an authentic architecture that linked to its context, carries a story to tell.

The realization of the pavilion of FAV 2014 edition gives them the opportunity to present an architecture and his history centered around the issues that affect us all: space, full and empty.

The project


" Sensuality is attachment to sensual pleasure."

Sensuality is induced for us, it is suggested ; It belongs to felt. It is an evocation of sensuousness, softness, fluidity and flexibility and reminds us waltz reeds whipped by the wind or the curves of the womanly body...

We have chosen to be inspired by the
Haute Couture and its mission to shape figures. Christian Lacroix has brought up to date an accessory to the less become a sensual object and made it a base of his art: the corset. Real architect of the body in its ability to highlight and accentuate curves, the corset, like skeletal structure, is the object of our inspiration for this pavilion 2014.

At the level of the court, this project reveals a
weaving architecture where wood frames function as generators of curves. A particular work is given to weaving a membrane, where the effects vary depending on the shapes of the generators. Determined by this breading, the volume of the pavilion is revealed in its curve and its sensuousness, evoking plaited laces of a corset.

Within the court in both covered and opened, with columns that encourage perambulation, the project questions the inside/outside, by its volume that becomes a filter for light, look, the course and the heart of the pavilion.

Through its sensual forms, the
Weave Shape Pavilion, which combines optical games and shadows, welcomes you to present you the projects of the 9th Festival des Architectures Vives in Montpellier.

The FAV’s Pavilion of La Grande Motte

For the 2nd edition of the Festival des Architectures Vives in Montpellier, the Pavilion will be create by the
Atelier Jérôme Lafond, Jérôme LAFOND and Marion PUJOL, two young urban planner - architects from Montpellier.

The team

Jerome Lafond is an architect and town planner in Montpellier and graduated from the Ecole d'Architecture de Clermont Ferrand in 2006. Therefore, he joined the agency Obras architects in Paris as head of architectural and urban projects. In 2008, he participated and wan with the Collectif MILIEUX architectes, the international EUROPAN9 competition in Andenne, Belgium. In 2009, he founded the Atelier Jerome Lafond and collaborates with other agencies such as Atelier Marc Barani, Studio Muoto architects or SOA architects.

The philosophy of the Atelier resides in the ideology where architecture, urbanism and landscape are inseparable from the reflection of the project, interweaving scales thought gives clear and consistent rule of bias reasoning in across the territory of the architectural detail.

Meanwhile, Jerome Lafond teaches studio at Ecole d’Architecture de Clermont-Ferrand from 2006 to 2010 and since 2012 in Montpellier.

This is accompanied by Marion Pujol urban architect they realize the pavillon host of the second edition of FAV at the Grande Motte.

The project

At the place where the sea meets the City, where the infinite horizon changes in skyline of Conques and Canopy, where the geometric rigor of a dock disappears into the mirror of water of the harbor , where the sound of halyards tapping on mats boats accompanies iodine breeze and the sun bathed in a blue sky shows the shaded squares . The reception pavilion is '' resonance '' with this imaginary place, this interleaving scales ranging from a large landscape to the concrete dock. It plays with different scales and unfolds according to several readings.

From afar, a white cube abstract, is revealed gradually as one approaches. The picture looks disturbed by the moirage effects, transparencies and shadows that make the tense lines the walls of this volume distorted by interiorities.

A few inches from the pavilion , braided rope on a metal structure staging subtly all our senses , awakening before the meeting works on the theme of sensuality.

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