Valode & Pistre Architects
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The firm of Denis Valode and Jean Pistre, which has been practicing for 25 years, entered upon a new phase of its career in 1992, when the architects in cooperation with the landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson received the Equerre d argent prize of the journal Le Moniteur for the L Oréal corporate headquarters outside Paris. Their predominantly large-scale projects are distinguished by their high degree of diversity. For some years, Valode & Pistre have not only been practicing in France, their native country, but also maintain offices in Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Russia, Mexico, China, and elsewhere.
This book contains detailed presentations of 18 projects by Valode & Pistre, with documentation focusing on the specific working and design methods of the architects. Projects presented include the Renault Technocentre in Guyancourt, France; the Las Mercedes business park in Madrid, Spain; a group of office and hotel towers in Beijing, China; and the Hyatt Hotel in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
efficient way, setting aside conflict and the superficial in favor of an in-depth analysis of each project. Although it is difficult to judge internal office relationships, especially where more than 100 persons are concerned, it also seems that Denis Valode and Jean Pistre are benevolent and open in their relations with their équipe, something of a rarity in a country that is still given to frequent displays of outmoded paternalism. They have clearly managed to profit from ongoing relationships
construction or refurbishment of a Valéo plant, covers: project management; function and architecture; regulations and performance specifications; contract specifications.” The essentials of this plan were laid out not by specialists in manufacturing processes but by Valode & Pistre. “We respect the process of production,” says Denis Valode, “but we don’t start with that. We have decided long since that certain elements like the fact that trucks must not cross pedestrian passageways are not
thus recalling the days of company employees attending the university “with their rhythm of study, relaxation or meals, like ancient monasteries, guardians of knowledge and places of learning.” Breathing Life into Old Bricks, Timber and Concrete – from Bercy Village to La Défense A theory made popular by a well-known architect would have it that all construction, from museums to urbanism is fundamentally influenced by the logic of shopping. At a time when covered shopping centers have made their
commitment to quality in architecture. The finished structure shows none of the extraordinary process required for the architects to perform this almost miraculous conversion. They opted for a complete replacement of the original façade with a new, contemporary design. In order to accomplish this, they erected a structural shell around the old building, driving beams into the central core to hold it up as they demolished the original load-bearing face from the top down. Adding 200 m2 per floor in
desire to make a humane and efficient addition to the architectural alternatives on offer in the Spanish capital. Where heat is the main problem in Madrid, holding the cold at bay is the issue in Valode & Pistre’s Hyatt Hotel for Ekaterinburg in Russia, designed as a result of an in-house competition by one of the young architects in their office. Ekaterinburg is known as the place where the former Czar Nicholas II., his wife Alexandra, their four daughters and Czarevitch Alexis were killed by