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Loci anima is an architecture, design and urban planning studio founded by Françoise Raynaud in 2005. Located in Paris, winners of international competitions, loci anima develops a singular & spiritual work, based on holistic convictions, and the constant quest for unity among both people and genres. loci anima’s achievements create ties between human beings and their environment, constructing them, and planting them in buildings conceived as living beings. For example, the Pont d’Issy urban quarter, or the Manhattan residential tower, showcase nature and outdoor spaces. The Les Fauvettes cinema developed for Jérôme Seydoux in Paris, the Alpha media library in Angoulême, the A4-Est macro-lot in Boulogne-Billancourt, and many other projects. With its offices high in the sky above Place de Clichy, the studio has 20 architects and recently opened an office in NYC.
Giving more than one takes is a precept at the heart of the loci anima approach. Reluctant to search the soil or disturb existing ecosystems, the agency considers the act of building as a responsibility. The projects of loci anima are indexed on their environmental value: take less space, less time, consume less matter; Restore more value, more space; Be ever lighter, more mobile, more durable. Dedicated to density, the agency’s projects give pride of place to nature and are designed with their eyes riveted on their footprint. A garden on the roof of a school in the heart of a macro-lot, a nautical base for the America’s Cup built with the materials that have served to transport it to the ends of the Earth, nomadic scenography for a famous brand of shoes: each proposal is in fact a solution.
Buildings are demonstrators of their own content, the values they defend, the utopias they shelter, the sociability they offer. Loci anima claims this ability to communicate architecture. Housing, facilities, offices, shops, commercial spaces: its projects encourage meetings between users, the porosity between inside and outside and send an opening message beyond their program. In addition to their morphology, skin and materials, this application to be convinced is translated into scenographies, paths and devices whose user comes out reinvigorated, if not transformed. Browsing a movie theater to find a cap that fits, disconnecting in a teepee in the middle of Hudson Bay to understand the environmental impact of storing data: from smart buildings to communicative buildings, there is only one step.
*The architecture of loci anima is powerfully anchored in the conviction that between matter and nature there are more than hooked atoms: it is a matter of belonging to the same genus. Like species, buildings must adapt and react positively to their site, their context, but also to regulation, economy, resources available to make the most of it. Mimetic or endemic, tectonic or heliotropic, magnetic or symbiotic, each building reflects a strategy of adaptation and its architecture is an open scenario which carries within its seed its possible transformations. To evolve the typologies, to detract the nuclei of a DNA particle, to question the scales and each time to work its flexibility are part of the approach of loci anima whose adaptation is the driving force.