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Christian Pottgiesser Architecturespossibles, Paris, France

Monday 12 Mar 2012

Anything is possible

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CPAP believe all kinds of imaginable architectures are possible 

Christian Pottgiesser Architecturespossibles (CPAP) was founded in Paris by Christian and Pascale Pottgiesser in 2005. The diversity of architecture, design and landscape-projects ranges from small scales, including private homes and gardens, to larger scales like urban design. The residential, cultural and working-space projects have been broadly published and the practice has been awarded with international prizes, such as the contractWorld award. CPAP includes in its activities cooperation with artists as for instance the production of the "promesse de l'écran" by Pierre Leguillon.

Beside their mediatical image, the firm are fascinated by things that have to be seen and experienced - directlyin front of the "unicum" - in order to fully grasp their interest. Free of any judgments, their interest is focused on all available design techniques. Their work is situated somewhere between digital Nurbs and a material block of clay: simultaneously contemporaneous and primitive.

The firm named their practice architecturespossibles in order to convey the idea that at the beginning of all projects, all kinds of imaginable architectures are possible. The firm has the impression that most things still have to be invented, undogmatically, somewhere between the tabula rasa and the palimpsest. Occasionally, in their experimental, non-standard work on normativities, renovation and reconstruction of
existing buildings, spontaneously unexpected configurations emerge.

Today, they are proposing five projects:

1 + 2) Maison L, a five-towered residential extension to an orangery of an eighteenth century castle in the
Yvelines, France.
3) Pons + Huot, an office space for two companies in Paris.
4) Garden and practicable, international garden festival, Chaumont-sur-Loire.
5) Branly, competition, russian cultural center, Paris.
6) Galvani, private home and garden, Paris.

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