Clever and elegant. Charles Nègre Media Library by Ivry Serres Architecture and Beaudouin Architectes

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Project team
Ivry Serres Architecture.- Ivry Serres, Benjamin Vassia, Hugo Marquet.
Beaudouin Architects.- Emmanuelle Beaudouin, Laurent Beaudouin, Aurélie Husson, Farida Aroun, Noémie Gaineau, Christophe Thierry, Charles Signe.
Structural design.- C&E Ingénierie, Jean-Marc Weill.
Fluid design.- INEX.
Acoustician.- A.C.V.
Structure, Closed roof.- Fayat Batiment, Cari Cote D'azur Agency, Alquier/Sud Etanche 13/Savoir Fer/Eso Construction/Renouer/Charpente Et Creation, Eds/La Cle De Voute.
Partition second mark.- Prowood, S.R.C. Bat / Hall De La Moquette/La Cle De Voute/Metafer, Sarl Giani.
Electricity, Heating, Ventilation, Plumbing.- Spie Batignolles Énergie Sud Est Sas.
Elevators.- Sa Kone.
Furniture.- IDM.
City of Grasse.
3,663 sqm.
€ 13.4 million.
Competition.- 2011.
Rehabilitation/archeological excavations/confortifications.- 2014-2017.
New construction.- 2018-2022.
Opening.- September 2022.
3-1 Pl. du Caporal Jean Vercueil, 06130 Grasse, France.

Ivry Serres. Ivry Serres Architecture

Ivry Serres Architecture is an architectural practice based in Septèmes-les-Vallons, France founded in 2019 by Ivry Serres.

Ivry Serres has been an independent architect since 2000. He studied at the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Marseille and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland). He worked for Laurent Beaudouin and Marc Barani before co-founding the Fernandez-Serres studio in Aix en Provence in 2001. He was awarded the Nouveaux Albums des Jeunes Architectures prize in 2004 by the Ministry of Culture and Communication before creating and co-directing the Atelier Fernandez & Serres from 2006 to March 2019.

In parallel, since 2009, he has been teaching at the ENSA in Marseille, where he advocates an approach based on listening, abstraction and silence. He has been a full professor since 2015. He is a co-founder of the KHORA collective, which examines the city landscape in an annual project seminar. In his essay L'œuvre des matières published by Cosa Mentale (2017), he explores the poetics of the mechanisms of thought in the act of building.

Laurent Beaudouin, Emmanuelle Beaudouin. Beaudouin Architects

Beaudouin Architects is an architectural practice based in Nancy, France and Paris founded in 1980 by Laurent Beaudouin. The Atelier has worked on a wide variety of projects, including libraries, museums, various renovations, university buildings, and housing.

Laurent Beaudouin graduated from the Nancy School of Architecture in 1979. He spent 1983 at the Cooper Union School in New York, where he followed the work of John Hejduk in the context of the Villa Médicis "Hors les murs". In 1981, he built a corner building in Nancy which reveals the influence of Alvaro Siza, with whom he shares the same humanism and a certain architectural ethic, and with whom he worked from 1992 onwards on the urban plan for the center of Montreuil, which he has been working on since 2001.

Alongside his work as an architect, Laurent Beaudouin teaches at the Paris Val de Seine School of Architecture. He was also an assistant to Christian de Portzamparc at the École d'Architecture de Paris-Nanterre (1984-85) and then a lecturer at the same school (1985-1986) before joining the École d'Architecture de Paris-Belleville (1986-1999), where he participated in the UNO group alongside Henri Ciriani, whose theoretical contribution would be essential to his work, and the École d'Architecture de Nancy between 1999 and 2014.

The projects carried out from 1987 onwards with his wife Emmanuelle focus to a large extent on interventions in old places, developing the idea of a presence of modernity in the historic city. In parallel to their urban and architectural projects, Emmanuelle and Laurent Beaudouin developed a design activity that gave their buildings a specific coherence.



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