A naturalist architectural manifesto. Villa M by Triptyque Architecture, Philippe Starck

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Project team
Architectural design.- Olivier Raffaëlli & Guillaume Sibaud - Triptyque Architecture. Architectural Design et Art director of the spaces.- Philippe Starck.
Assistant to the Contracting Authority.- SCPM, Guy Sanoian.Landscaping.- Coloco, Pablo Giorgef. Building Company.- Eiffage Construction.
Groupe Pasteur Mutualité.- Thierry Lorente, General Director of Groupe Pasteur Mutualité e Amanda Lehmann, deputy general director of Groupe Pasteur Mutualité.
8,000 sqm.
2015 > 2021.
Boulevard Pasteur, Paris, France.
Michael Denancé, Yann Monel.


Philippe Starck was born in 1949. From his childhood spent beneath the drawing tables of his airplane building, aeronautic engineer father, he retains a primary lesson: everything should be organised elegantly and rigorously, in human relationships as much as in the concluding vision that presides over every creative gesture. His absolute belief that creation should be used and enjoyed by all sees him relentlessly endeavouring to do well, right down to the tiniest detail.

But years later has he really left his first improvised office? According to him, not completely. “Ultimately they were children’s games, imagination games, but thanks to various skills, especially engineering, something happened. I’m a kid who dreams and at the same time I’ve got that light-heartedness and gravity of children. I fully accept the rebellion, the subversion and the humour.”

Starck first showed interest in living spaces while he was a student at the Ecole Nissim de Camondo in Paris, where in 1969 he designed an inflatable house, based on an idea on materiality. This revelation bought his first success at the Salon de l’Enfance. Not long afterwards, Pierre Cardin, seduced by the iconoclastic design, offered him the job of artistic director at his publishing house.

“My father was an aeronautical engineer. For me it was a duty to invent”.

Philippe Starck

Inventor, creator, architect, designer, artistic director, Philippe Starck is certainly all of the above, but more than anything else he is an honest man directly descended from the Renaissance artists.

Guillaume Sibaud, Olivier Raffaelli. Triptyque Architecture

Triptyque. The studio was founded in São Paulo in 2000, by four partner architects, sharing the same interest for contemporary metropolises, the southern hemisphere, emergence and the desire to confront other realities. Their practice undoubtedly benefits from the ferment of this global, open and dynamic city which allows them to build their own architectural language in order to imagine the city of tomorrow.

The sensuality of its proposals, combined with an intrinsic naturalness, propels Triptyque into the international panorama of innovative architects. Winners of the New Albums of Young Architects (NAJA-2008), the quartet, eager for challenges, set up a second office in Paris. Triptyque currently has more than sixty employees.

As creative as it is rigorous, Triptyque participates in various projects in Brazil and France - housing, offices, public spaces - both private and public. Adept at the work of land and urban issues, Triptyque also intervenes in the redefinition of housing policies and the urbanization of neighborhoods. Supporters of the virtuous city, they also accompany foundations with a social vocation in order to contribute to a better life.

Triptyque also attracts the world of luxury and creates hotels, resorts and places of contemporary expression, art galleries and exhibition spaces. The architecture studio has also been invited to curate various exhibitions; some of their designed pieces now belong to museums such as the Pompidou Center in Paris.



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