Domestic and inclusive approach. Renovation and extension of a hybrid café and art space La Musette by Graal architecture

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Architects
graal architecture. Lead architects.- Carlo Grispello, Nadine Lebeau.
Project team
Julia Munarriz.
Client
Eric Leleu – La Musette.
Builder
Structural work, finishing work.- Dechy
Roofing.- Domice et Tant.
Electricity, SSI.- Wazelec.
Contractor's cooperative.- Toerana.
Area
450 sqm.
Dates
Study phase.- 2017.
Construction.- 2018-2023.
Location
197 rue Oscar Desmaretz, 59287 Guesnain, France.

Carlo Grispello, Nadine Lebeau Graal

Graal, founded by Carlo Grispello and Nadine Lebeau, is dedicated to architecture and urban strategies. The firm strives to enhance the qualities of uses, ways of dwelling and project materiality.

The firm’s projects are developed through an analytical and sensitive approach to give a real place to the role of territorial investigation, the public dimension and the economics of project throughout the design phases. Graal aspires to render the specific features of a site and a project commission through a sober, independent and contemporary language. Through an attitude coherent with the context and an investigation on the relational space, the projects carry a positive social and environmental impact.

Graal is committed to dealing with every scale, from interior design to the urban scale project. The office’s practice encompasses France and abroad in close collaboration with multidisciplinary consultants in order to guarantee intelligent and feasible projects. graal has been distinguished on several occasions. In 2016, the office was prizewinner of the ADC Awards and received the Europe 40 under 40 award attributed by the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Urban Centre for Architecture, Art Design and Urban Studies.

Nadine Lebeau. Architect DPLG, graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris la Villette. She joined Atelier Seraji as architect before created graal architecture with Carlo Grispello in 2011. Prizewinner of 40 under 40 in 2016 by the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Urban Centre for Architecture, Art Design and Urban Studies. Named among the 100 young leaders who invent the city of tomorrow by the Choiseul Institute in September 2018.

Carlo Grispello. Architect DPLG, graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris la Villette. He worked as lead architect for Bruno Mader and as architect for Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Created graal architecture with Nadine Lebeau in 2011.  Associate professor of theories and practices of architectural and urban design at the École Supérieure d’Architecture de Nantes since 2016. Prizewinner of 40 under 40 in 2016 by the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Urban Centre for Architecture, Art Design and Urban Studies.
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