Off the Grid Design Competition
– Top 3!

France

Woman in Swimsuit

Alexandra Bavière

Woman in Swimsuit

Derrick Bavière

Woman in Swimsuit

Lou Jeuris

Team Details: studio Matière

Alexandra and Derrick Bavière, Lou Jeuris, Lucas Fabrika and Géraldine Le Bihan

Woman in Swimsuit

1. Introduction
Matière à is an architecture studio acting in durable construction since 15 years. Her founder, Alexandra Bavière, thinks that creativity in architecture comes both from observation of the landscape and natural materials, and from sharing ideas with many different people. So this time we crossed our minds with Derrick Bavière, witch is about to open a manufacture of tiny house, wondering together about the goal of those very little constructions, and three young architects present during the summer, all of them coming to re insure the involvement on making their work with kindness for people and environment.


2. When and how were you first introduced to architecture?
Alexandra Bavière : I first met space in my normal life, living, making sport, Walking into the territories. I met architecture below representations of spaces, and my first wanting was about drawing, spending time at drawing...not only to create but to capture the existent spaces and the moments.


3. What is your design philosophy?
Alexandra Bavière : I use to cross two things : human needs and nature needs, and I try to make them live together, to create links. For me architecture is about giving the landscape to be lived, seen and touched, while being comfortable.


4. What does architecture mean to you?
Alexandra Bavière : Architecture has two sides. One is about materials, details, structure, a kind of anatomy. The other is about meaning, purpose. Architecture gets meaning when it comes to tell a story to people without talking, when the details become poetics and touch you directly. Then it can be strong enough to support life.


5. Briefly explain your design process and your perspective on the role of sustainable architecture.
Alexandra Bavière : We first spend a lot of time on the sites, getting to know their structure, colors, strength, and specificity, most often with a landscaper. Then we talk collectively about what we would like to explore in the project, il can be with specialists, or with inhabitants, to get the Ame of the project. Then we make a study scale model of the site, and look for local bio-based materials yet used, new or recycled. At the end of this kind of workshop, we propose an implantation, witch is often the central idea, as it traduces the going together of architecture and landscape. When it is done, we look for right volumes, taking care about bio-climatic reasons and local architecture. Then a second dialogue is coming with a heating engineer, to size precisely the envelop of the project. Then we could say everything is done even if it is only the outline project, as everything next is only about details, but the initial strength is born.

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