The poetics of concrete and its experimental applications. Pavilion Clemenceau by Titan

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Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard, Pays de la Loire, France.
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Titan

TITAN was established in 2011 by Mathieu Barré, François Guinaudeau, and Romain Pradeau with both a commitment to simplicity and functionality and the aim of creating a poetic response to the built environment. 

Mathieu Barré was born in France in 1986. He graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Nantes in 2008, after which he gained experience at diverse offices in France. His approach mediates between the most intangible ideas to the most technically perfect realizations. He was recently honoured with the AJAP 2018 award.

François Guinaudeau was born in France in 1985. He holds a degree from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Nantes. His context-based approach accentuates a relationship to nature, and to the landscape. He taught previously at his alma mater, and more recently has been awarded the AJAP.

Romain Pradeau was born in France in 1985. He studied at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Nantes and worked as an architect at various offices. Central to his approach is his research on fabrication, material, and form. He is a recipient of the AJAP 2018 award.

Born through the evocation of the distinctive industrial past of the city of Nantes, the name of the firm refers to the old docks on the Loire River, with its shipyards and cranes, which are an integral part of its history. 

One focus of their work is to contribute to a shared cultural awareness in order to foster sustainable change by addressing current challenges and future needs with regard to cultural preservation in terms of material use. 

Their body of work includes residential, cultural and educational projects, as well as civic and technical buildings, alongside multidisciplinary research on construction materials with the aim of creating new possibilities.

The office has won international awards such as AJAP 2018, 40 under 40, Green Good Design Award 2016, and Jeunes Architectes et Paysagistes Ligériens in 2011. In 2018, Titan is finalist at the AR Emerging Awards, the Blueprint Awards, Le Geste d’Or, ADC Awards 2019 and the Bauwelt Preis 2019. Most recently, TITAN has been awarded with Prix AMO, Trophée béton Pro, and the Prix Aperçus Départemental d’Architecture et d’Aménagement. 

In 2019, the Welcome pavilion in Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard has become finalist at the Equerre d’argent, and the National Museum Clemenceau has been shortlisted for European Museum of the Year – the most prestigious museum award in Europe.

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