The Festival des Architectures Vives aims at raising public awareness on the wide range of architecture. It seeks not only to highlight the work of a young generation of architects, landscape architects and urban planners but also to discover unexpected urban areas.
Through two urban tours, one in the historical heart of Montpellier’s town and a second in La Grande Motte, the public can discover works of contemporary architecture in unique sites, sometimes unknown from people. In Montpellier, courtyards of private hostels, usually closed to the public, open their doors during the festival. In La Grande Motte, the festival offers an urban course in the heart of Jean Balladur’s architecture, which caracterises this seaside town, recently approved “Heritage of the XXth Century”. In 2015, the Festival des Architectures Vives invested 20 sites in total with 19 installations + 1 pavilion.
Many works allow interaction with visitors. Leaving no physical trace, the festival seeks to make an impression, to initiate a global reflection on architecture and its development in existing urban context and finally, to create a dialogue between contemporary works and heritage. Mediators are present on each site. These mediators are students at the School of Architecture of Montpellier and they endeavour to strengthen appreciation of the works of the visitors. The event is free, this reflects the desire of opening architecture to the greatest number.
The FAV is organized by Elodie Nourrigat and Jacques Brion, architects in Montpellier.
Presentation of the FAV Pavilions
Since the 2011 edition, the FAV has implemented the realization of a Pavilion which welcomes public one week before the FAV, and during the hole edition of the festival. Easily identifiable, it is also the starting point of the tour. The Pavilion is a meeting place and a forum for all visitors. People are encouraged to come back to it point at the end of the tour and to vote for their favorite work. Visitors can get informations about the past editions and leaf with books about the past editions of the FAV.
The realization of the Pavilion is entrusted to young architects exercising in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, where takes place the festival. In 2015, the Pavilion of FAV at Montpellier was realized by NAS Architecture, made up with Johan Laure, Hadrien Balalud de Saint Jean and Guillaume Giraud who got the Jury Price and the Public Price at La Grande Motte in 2014.
Presentation of the Festival des Architectures Vives 2015 in Montpellier
In june 2015, took place the 10th edition of the Festival des Architectures Vives on unique urban territories. At Montpellier from the 10th to the 14th of June 2014, on the theme "The Tenth", visitors have had the pleasure to be immersed at the heart of a sensitive experience unexpected shifted, open, destabilizing, welcoming ...
The Public Prize rewarded “Goldfish”, the work of Julien Plessis and Claire Dusonchet, the Jury price was given to Margaux Rodot, Mickaël Martin et Benoît Tastet for “Un dixième printemps” and a Special Mention was granted to the Syracuse University, made up by Maya Alam, Waralee Kaewkoon, Emily Greer, et Thomas Byung H. Kim.
Teams of FAV 2015 in Montpellier
Teams who create the ephemeral works are selected after a call for submissions launched in September. They come from France and from abroad countries. Regarding the Pavilions’ architects, they are exercising in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, where takes place the festival. Finally, every year, a university is invited; in 2015 the Syracuse University came from the USA.
Name of team // Project name
- FAKT (Sebastian Kern, Martin Tessarz, Jonas Tratz & Sebastian Ernst)
- Josseran Crochet // Panta Rei
- Etienne gobin, Benjamin Joudrier, Léa Girault & Chloé Monin // L’anémograf’
- Atelier 1.25 (Thomas Lendemaine, Nuno Da Silva & Benoît Chantelou) // DI-X-
- Nicola Lorusso & Michele Realis Luc // Memento
- Julien Plessis & Claire Dusonchet // Goldfish
- Atelier Roberta (Céline Aubernias, Alice Mahin & Chloé Sanson) // Heureux événement
- Marine Gresser & Veronica Hirtz // L’espace d’un instant
- Margaux Rodot, Mickäel Martin & Benoît Tastet // Un dixième printemps
- Clémence Durupt & Gabrielle Vinson // Entre-temps
- Syracuse University (Maya Alam, Waralee Kaewkoon, Emily Greer & Thomas Byung H. Kim) // Trans(inter)ference
- NAS Architecture (Hadrien Balalud de Saint Jean, Guillaume Giraud & Johan Laure) // Scape
Presentation of the Festival des Architectures Vives 2015 in La Grande Motte
In June 2015 took place the third edition of the Festival des Architectures Vives on unique urban territories. At La Grande Motte from the 20th to the 28th of June 2015, on the theme of "The Tenth", visitors have had the pleasure of being immersed in the heart of a sensitive experience, unexpectedly shifted, open, destabilizing, friendly ... and most importantly they had fun wandering through the city, with a dominant for "aquatic" places.
TOMA! was reward two times: ones by the Public Prize and twice by the Jury price. They had created “The Porthole”. A Special Mention was given to Arnaud Malthieu, Amandine Romanet et Matthieu Thuillier for “Embruns”.
Teams of FAV 2015 in La Grande Motte
Teams who create the ephemeral works are selected after a call for submissions launched in september. They come from France and from abroad countries. Regarding the Pavilions’ architects, they are exercising in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, where takes place the festival.
Name of the teams // Project name:
- LAPS ( Amélie Lengrand & Sophie Paumelle) // Les arbres parasols
- TOMA! (Antonio Nardozzi & Maria Dolores Del Sol Ontalba) // The Porthole
- CAME Collective (Claire Lehmann, Alice Liabeuf, Mathilde Moaty & Emmanuelle Lagouge) // La Petite Motte
- Camille Saucereau & Alice Foulon // Photo souvenir
- Arnaud Malthieu, Amandine Romanet & Matthieu Thuillier // Embruns
- Archisanat (Adeline Vigneron & Marie Combette) // Promenade d’envolées
- Klest Pango// Origamic
- Allegory Studio (Albert Schrurs & Wendy Gaze) // Regate
Presentation of the Montpellier Pavilion
For the 10 years of the Festival des Architectures Vives and within a framework as exceptional as the court of the Hotel Saint-Côme, the standpoint of the Pavilion must be considered and contextual. It appeared important to use the various elements which put rhythm into the court as a base to the global development of the shape of the pavilion. Built on the ground, the Pavilion is spread in a multiplicity of random steps being able to be used as a reading or resting space for the visitors, or as a scene for the various events which proceed during the festival. The Pavilion then comes to include the columns which surround it to form a big space of reception for the public. From its form and generosity, this interiority appeals. Made up of a mural scenography, this space becomes a place of information and meeting around the festival.
The unit is composed of medium’s plates tinted in the mass of anthracite color on the extern surface, thus privileging a mono material leaving the visual priority to the variations of the form and the global unit. The interior is composed of clear colors, contrasting with the external surface, to invite the public to enter. This space is beam, being stopping neither the glance nor the passage. The use of the pavilion wants to be fluid and ergonomic.
More than one simple object, this pavilion is an architectural tool, an articulation which propose more than what it imposes. It is possible to turn around, cross it, climb above… The goal is to be able to offer on a small surface a large number of possible uses.
Thus, the pavilion wants to be a space of meeting, user-friendliness and exchanges, as is the FAV. A place to understand the festival in speaking and expressing about it.
NAS Architecture was founded in 2013. With their personal experiences, the agency is the logical continuation of a series of many collaborations initiated in recent years, among other things, participation in several national and international competitions.
Thus, NAS Architecture applies today to develop in the same dynamic, working on a multitude of projects without distinction of scale or location, drawing with the same implication pavilions and urban projects. Each project becomes an opportunity to apply a posture to a place, to a society, in order to open a speech with various project stakeholders.
The dynamics of projects is then based on a wish to develop the qualities and uses of a place while using the constraints to be their benefits. The work of the agency is thus intended as contextual and uses the landscape, usages and technical specifications of the region as components of references to resonance within program specifics.
NAS advocates designing living spaces in line with contemporary expectations of society in perpetual evolution.
« Cartes Blanches » presentation
This exhibition has for ambition to give to 3 young architect’s agencies who took part to the FAV in the past, the possibility of offering to us a creation by proposing a singular glance on the FAV.
The Exposition was available in two places:
- From the 3rd to the 14th of june at the Lapeyronie room of the Saint-Côme hostel, in Montpellier.
- From the 20th to the 28th of june at the exhibition space of the Harbour office, in La Grande-Motte.
The 3 solicited teams are:
- The abc-studio agency, Doonam BACK and Yann CACLIN, living in Nancy, which took part at the FAV 2010 and whose production is recognized today on their own territory. Their registration and territorial attachment lead them to carry common values to those carried by the FAV.
- Plux.5 composed of Etienne BERNIER, Marianne CHARBONNEAU, Olivier BOURGEOIS and Jean-Philippe SAUCIER, architects from Québec who took part to the FAV in 2011. They in addition know very well our territory since Marianne studied during one year at the Architecture School of Montpellier, and Etienne worked within an architectural office the same year. They are thus true ambassadors of our heritage and of course, of the FAV.
- Spaces, composed of Guillaume GIROD, Luc LEOTOING and Sophie BOURG, respectively architect in Grenoble and landscape designers in Clermont-Ferrand. They have all three a common point: The FAV.
Each one took part in it on different editions. Guillaume in 2011 for the realization of the Pavilion and Luc and Sophie in 2007. Today, they decided to constitute a common agency. The FAV was thus a vector and catalyst enabling them to develop a common and professional project.
As it name indicates it, we let us them some « cartes Blanches » for opening all the possibility of creation.
FAV 2015 in few figures
- 10th edition in Montpellier - 3nd edition at La Grande Motte
- 14 days of festival: 10th – 14th of June 2015 in Montpellier – 20 – 28 of June at La Grande Motte
- 15 000 visitors
- 19 teams on 260 candidatures
- 1 invited university
- 1 Pavilion
- 31 school classes visited the FAV within the framework of interventions prepared by the team of the festival