| Louis Paillard (*1960) | Anne-Françoise Jumeau (*1962) | Emmanuelle Marin-Trottin (*1967) | David Trottin (*1965)
Périphériques is a non-profit association founded in 1996 by three architectural agencies. Since 1998 it has been run by David Trottin and Emmanuelle Marin-Trottin, Louis Paillard and Anne-Françoise Jumeau.
Our aim is to promote architecture beyond the normal customs of this profession. Like those Nouvelle Vague film-makers, we are at once authors and go-betweens ; we would describe our status as that of architectural producer. It is in this spirit that we recently put on the exhibition "36 Models for a house", where we show the projects for homes commissioned from us by 36 European architectural agencies. In tandem with this exhibition, which is being held in France and Europe, our architectural agencies, forming associations of two or three under the label PéRIPHéRIQUES, enter various competitions. We question the making of the architectural project involving several people. The Café-Musiques at Savigny-le-Temple, recently delivered, and the Mâcon Library for which we are currently drawing up studies, are the first two concrete examples of this research. These projects are part of the central issue of contemporary creation where "digital cultures" are coming up with new ideas of author, work, context and meaning. Sampling, remixing, cutting, pasting, all are relevant ways of positing new bases for creative work. The architectural productions of PéRIPHéRIQUES, in parallel with our personal projects, submit architecture to this approach. Today, we are extending our research and our projects on to an international scale by taking part in the competition for the Musée des Arts Premiers on the Quai Branly in Paris (325,000 sq.ft). where we are inviting the MVRDV agency in Rotterdam to take part in this project with us. At the same time, in October 1999, we launched the first issue of our architectural magazine "IN-EX 01", a virtual architectural gallery. IN-EX is an annual magazine published jointly with Birkhäuser Verlag. In it, through our video eye (we take all the shots), we discuss meetings with artists, architects and places. IN-EX is thus a non-exhaustive summary of the subjective viewpoints of things that concern us. All its productions were shown at the City of Paris Museum of Modern Art from 6-27 October 1999 as part of the ZAC 1999 exhibition. For May 2000, we have prepared a book titled Beaucoup Minnesota, which presents all the programmes and projects of PERIPHERIQUES, as well as IN-EX 02, as of today (publication planned for January 2001... stay tuned!
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What is involved this time for Périphériques is the completion of the different extensions scattered around a complex of buildings put up in the 1970s by René Ferret, and to do so without upsetting the distinctive character of the School, which resides in the splitting up of the teaching areas, linked together by covered outdoor passages. A common definition of the functional organization of the project, just like the distribution of the programme, this time tossed for, heads or tails, between the two teams of architects, have generated a combination whose result can be visualized in favour of a mo-delling in synthetic images. They then define two alphabets to describe the sides of each space. The new building last of all organizes a series of open sets exactly the same width as that of the neighbouring building on which the project is supported. This playful protocol enables them to arrange the functions requested by favouring the quality of uses and relationships as much as possible, without having to worry about composition.
For Périphériques, one of the interesting things about the Café-Musiques programme had to do with the possibility of being divided up into several units, which, once assembled, would form a whole : the billboard, the performance room and the restaurant. This assemblage of such different functions referred them to the idea of urban assemblage and street. The project was thus devised as a truth-and-consequences-like thing by three teams of architects : three buildings in one, on the borderline between town and fields, responding in different ways to the ordinariness of the railway station, a carpark, and an amusement park on one side, contrasting with the pond, woods and fields on the other side. On the town side, the building is a coloured box which takes on its meaning by the definition of its outermost structure 5 : the light here expressed the architecture. On the pond side, where people can look and hide, a camouflage of galvanized metal incorporates the building in its setting. This is a work which questions architecture as an individual work, while at the same time challenging the predetermination of the aesthetic.
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this museum, the architectural matter provided by the architects is the
reading of the diversity and immensity of the programmes involved : 70
sets are brought together in 12 37-metres towers : they form a compact
unit of 120 x 70 metres. In each of these towers programmes of differing
heights are installed, which, as required, are developed horizontally.
Périphériques here proposes a catalogue of spaces based
on a module of some 500 sq.m. Each one of them has its own quality : some
are monumental and fixed, others are changeable. By literally tiering
the different factors in the programme, one on top of the other, the museum
becomes a crystallization of differences, a simple overlay of art and
products which transforms it into a world of civilizations. In this world,
the freed spaces between towers, like actual narrow, deep faults, innervate,
organize and divide up the mass of the museum.
Louis Paillard (1960)
/ 1998 Enseignant à l'Ecole d'Architecture de
Anne-Françoise Jumeau (1962)
CESP de l'Ecole du Paysage de Versailles
Emmanuelle Marin-Trottin (1967)
1991 Diplôme DPLG de l'Ecole d'Architecture de Paris-la-Seine
David Trottin (1965)
/ 1996 Enseignant : Ecoles d'Architecture de Paris-Tolbiac
Principaux projets et réalisations
/ 1999 "Quartier de la Pirrotterie" Rézé, quartier
et lotissement pavillonnaire (en cours) ; "Musée de l'Art
Concret" Mouans Sartoux (lauréat) ; "Musée des Arts Premiers"
(concours, associés à MVRDV, Rotterdam) ; "Café-Musique
"Le Charbon" Paris (en cours P&J) ; "Europan" logements sociaux (concours
Pavillon de l'Arsenal (en cours) ; "Les 100 ans du Métro"
(en cours P&J)
Principales Publications de Périphériques
"Beaucoup Minnesota" éditions IN-EX projects / Birkhaüser
verlag, Paris / Bâle ; "IN-EX 02" éditions IN-EX projects
/ Birkhaüser verlag (à paraître)
Frame n°13 ; Architecture d'Aujourd'hui n°326
; Architecture d'Intérieure Créé n°292
; Le Moniteur n°5025 ; Prototypo n°3 ; AMC n°105