La Galerie d’Architecture in Paris comes back from summer holiays with a monographic exhibition on the architecture office Daufresne, Le Garrec & associés. The exhibition, named “Semiose” -French for ‘Semiosis‘, “the signification of a character regarding its context”- tries to portray these architects’ approach to architectural projects and design.
Divided into five so-called ‘architectural stances’, the exhibition also explains the French office’s recent change of name to “Séméio”, embodying the firm’s new structure while symbolizing the accumulated meaning of its projects and reflections.
Sémiose: Daufresne, Le Garrec & associés architectes
August 31 – September 23, 2017
La Galerie d’Architecture
Rue des Blancs Manteaux 11, Paris
The exhibition presents the agency’s work through five fundamental stances: emergence, immersion, movement, metamorphosis and envelopment.
These five stances provide responses to the multiple but always-specific challenges posed by every project: the demands of the scheme, the specificities of the context, the intensity of emotional responses, the accumulated layers of history and the size of the program.
Architecture’s purpose is to fulfill two objectives: create living spaces, in the widest sense of the term, and integrate them into an existing world. It is in this active duality, this to and fro between a building’s internal function and its impact on the environment within which it suddenly materializes, that each project finds its balance, its life and its meaning.
Just as martial arts poses are codifications of the body’s infinite postures, the boundless multiplicity of architectural situations can be codified into architecture’s fundamental stances, stances which succeed one another as places and stories evolve.
DAUFRESNE, LE GARREC AND ASSOCIATES // SÉMÉIO
Séméio Architecture («The sign» in Greek – the root of the entire lexicon of semiology) is the new name for Daufresne, Le Garrec & associés. With the arrival of three new partners – Carine Deschamps, Silvère Weiss and Paul Jubert – the firm created by Marc Daufresne and Ivan Le Garrec in 1989 has taken on another dimension. The new name embodies the firm’s new structure while symbolizing the accumulated meaning of its projects and reflections.