“Guy Rottier, Architecture Libre” within Biennial of Architecture of Orleans

This tribute exhibition will retrace Guy Rottier’s career and major projects, which are as many manifestos for an architecture that strays from the beaten track, like “tangible poetry” (Pierre Pinoncelli), always combining humour and wittiness with the ingenuity of technical solutions to bring genuine answers to issues faced by housing and to the needs of its users.


Guy Rottier's macrocephale architecture

Guy Rottier’s macrocephale architecture © Guy Rottier


For its first edition, the Biennial of Architecture of Orleans pays homage to one of the most original artistic and architectural figures of the second half of the 20th century: Guy Rottier. Bringing together more than one hundred and fifty drawings, photographs and models preserved by the Frac Center-Val de Loire, this exhibition is the largest retrospective ever devoted to the architect. (more…)

R&Sie(n) retrospective at FRAC Orlelans: “s/he would rather do FICTION MAKER”

In 2016, nearly twenty years after its first exhibition at the Frac Centre-Val de Loire, New-Territories has been invited again for a “1993-2050 flashback”. This event retraces and traces 57 years of work, scenarios, projects, controversies and foresights.


New-Territories / R&Sie(n) Une architecture des humeurs, 2010-2011 ©New-Territories

New-Territories / R&Sie(n), Une architecture des humeurs, 2010-2011 © New-Territories


It presents the prolific production of the Avatar, a hybrid figure digitally generated in 1993 to stand in for the jackboot or masterfull figure of the “architect/author” and to synthesize his multiple collaborations– BoyeRoche (1989); Roche (1990); Roche & François (1991); R-F-L-H-R-P (1992); Roche, DSV & Sie (1993-97); R, DSV & Sie. P (1998); R & Sie. D/B: L (1999-2001); R&Sie(n) (2001 to 2011), and [elf/bt/c] (2011-2016)… (more…)

(mini)Festival to close FRAC’s seasonal programme “Relief(s)”

The highlight of the events programmed is a week-long workshop carried out by Peaks, a French architecture office, with the help of high-schoolers of Orléans.



(mini)Festival to close FRAC’s seasonal programme “Relief(s)” © FRAC – Les Turbulences


The regional center for contemporary arts in Orléans, France -namely Les Turbulences FRAC Centre, designed by Jakob + Macfarlane Architects in 2013- is ending its summer activities with a final line-up of events that will take place from the 16th to the 20th of september.

FRAC will bring to an end the Relief(s) cycle of exhibitions and activities, coinciding with the official European Heritage Days, with a “(mini)Festival” in which futuristic architecture and contemporary arts will be joined by a festive and exciting program, organized in partnership with L’Astrolabe, CCNO and CDN.


Peaks, Systèmes des Objets, Le Terrain, École Spéciale d’Architecture de Paris, 2013

Peaks, Systèmes des Objets, Le Terrain, École Spéciale d’Architecture de Paris, 2013



Workshop “Construction and evolution of Systèmes des Objets” by Peaks
16/09/2015 — 20/09/2015

Showing a desire to offer a generous place for the young architectural scene, the cycle Relief(s) invites the four architects of Peaks to appropriate the Galerie des Turbulences and the Frac Centre’s spaces.
This weeklong workshop will be an opportunity to produce an evolving arrangement, which can be used by the public and adapted to the programme of events that will be held during the week of the (mini)Festival.

The produced surfaces will trigger alternative actions and uses, serving as an evolving floor for concerts, lectures, discussions and performances.

In an ongoing state of reconfiguration, the Turbulences will be transformed every day by architects and young participants from the Pothier High school (Orléans).



Peaks is a group of four French architects formed in 2013 by Charles Aubertin, Camille Dupont, Samuel Jaubert de Beaujeu et Eva Maloisel.

Their experiments seek to create the conditions of a new relation between users and architectural space. Through the constant dismantling and reassembly of a series of scenographic arrangements, they broadly question the contem¬porary practice of architecture through its relation to users, to the programme, to matter and to its own history.

Their collaboration has given rise to a series of projects involving the occupation of spaces executed in institutional settings (Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, Bozar in Brussels), as well as propositions made for international competitions (120H, IMOA). Peaks is currently involved in the realization of private and public commission projects.


Peaks, Systèmes des Objets, Le Terrain, École Spéciale d’Architecture de Paris, 2013

Peaks, Systèmes des Objets, Le Terrain, École Spéciale d’Architecture de Paris, 2013


Events programme

Exhibition “Reverse of volume FC” by Yasuaki Onishi

Exhibition “Gérard Singer”

Conference “Un créateur doublement engagé : Gérard Singer”
Conference by Jean-Luc Daval, historian and art critic.
With the presence of Claudette Singer.
16/09/2015, 17h

Free workshop visits
Discover the Galerie des Turbulences, which will change everyday through the interventions of the architects and students!

Flash Visits all day long
Discover the Turbulences accompanied by a mediator (every hour, 30-minute visits)

Pop Up Atelier
Experiment pop-up and make a souvenir-letter!


… and many more! Check the whole week’s programme here, or download the brochure


Visitor information

FRAC _ Les Turbulences
88 rue du Colombier
45000 Orléans, France

From Wednesday 16 to Friday 18 September : 12h-19h
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September : 10h-19h
Entrance via Boulevard Rocheplatte
Free admission


Images and information courtesy of FRAC – Les Turbulences

“The City as a Vision” prospective urban concepts from last fifty years in Frac Centre, Orléans

[19/09/2014-22/02/2015] Following historical projects taken from the FRAC Centre’s own collection, the exhibition also presents contemporary schemes by NLÉ, Foster + Partners, Sou Fujimoto Architects, and many others.


Sou Fujimoto Architects Souk Mirage, 2013 © Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image Courtesy of FRAC Centre

Sou Fujimoto Architects Souk Mirage, 2013 © Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image Courtesy of FRAC Centre


Divided into two sections – one historical, the other prospective – this exhibition pays tribute to historian and critic Michel Ragon who, in his books Où vivrons-nous demain? [Where will we live tomorrow?] (1963) and Prospective et Futurologie[Forecasting and Futurology] (1978), gave an introduction to the issues of experimental architecture – a field that lies at the heart of the Frac Centre’s collection. (more…)