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The Reuse of Architecture

Courtesy of Archiméditerranéenne

How do we use what is already here, what came before and what we can’t find elsewhere?

Corinne Vezzoni and Associates along with The Architecture Gallery of Paris confronted these questions as they apply to architecture in the exhibition Archiméditerranéenne at La Villa Méditerranée in Marseille, France from the end of February through March 26th, 2017.

The exhibition includes a selection of eight projects either completed or under construction, which concentrates on the thought-to-completion process of the architecture firm. Illuminating the architectural practices of different types of commissions, including public city planning and public-private partnerships, the exhibition presents the strategies and choices that architects might have to make in order to create structures that grace the site as well as offer advantages to future users.

Selected projects include Le Pavillon Jaune, le quartier Chalucet à Toulon, le Centre de Conservation et de Ressources du Mucem, The Camp and le pole multimodal de La Fourragère.

The various projects are portrayed in different stages of the architectural creation process, from conceptual plans and work-in-progress to finished construction, while emphasizing their intentions as architects: to elicit and utilize the materials, particularities and unique cultural influences of each territory. Going beyond material reuse, the exhibition highlights the firm’s philosophy of working with the ambience that is already richly present in any given space.

Expo Villa Méditérranée-12

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Erin Gigl is a freelance design and travel writer, editor and artist.

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