October in our architectural practice
From the expression of a need to the presentation of the final models, the design of an architectural project is a true creative act mobilizing many skills whether technical, aesthetic or functional. While the project’s effectiveness and the image it conveys are of key importance, we also pay keen attention to the environmental impact of the projects we design. To better meet the needs of our customers RB-Architectes treat all the design issues in a comprehensive manner with our primary objective being the success of the project.
Expression of Requirements
At the beginning of an architectural project, the most important thing is to listen to the client. Our objective is to understand the customer’s expectations taking into account their working methods and activity. To do this, our teams meet the people who will use the spaces, in order to have a clear vision of the needs and constraints and ask the right questions to the right people. The practice is regularly asked by clients to help them develop their brief for the project.
Preliminary Studies and Research
During the research phase we look at the site and its location, and also its orientation relative to the sun and wind. We study the regulations, the PLU, and make contact with local authorities to identify the context in which the project will sit. We analyze the different types of spaces that we will have to design and pay special attention to the treatment of open spaces and landscaping. Our goal is to manage all project constraints and to provide the added value that will make the building unique. We also conduct extensive research to help us devise an original design concept.
Formalising the Architectural Concept
Once we’ve studied the needs of the client and the building’s function, we identify the main concepts of the project such as shapes and colors. Then we formalize the project according to the nature of the architectural concept: discreet, colourful, modern, technological etc. Often we begin by sketching by hand then we move to drawing the project using Revit in order to better define the forms and see how these forms are affected by light and shadow. Revit allows us to build perspectives and 3D views and input budget information which will be used as the project develops.
Earlier this year RB-Architectes were contacted by a client who wanted to completely restructure his company headquarters. Our research and various studies led us to design an architectural concept in connection with the sea, notably in the fluidity of the facade which was designed to undulate like waves. This concept reflected aspects of the client’s business whilst also having a functional use in terms of light and air circulation. We have also recently been involved in developing the new headquarters for Paul Smith in Paris. The project combines industrial inspirations with the classical in an old hotel particulier in the Marais.