On the borderline between art and architecture, the Chiambaretta/ Production Conception Architecture (PCA) agency strives to do away with the boundaries between the creative process and the finished object. By presenting complex systems defining the projects form and structure, the agency explores production systems in architecture, using computer programming. With blurred and elusive limits, Philippe Chiambaretta’s architecture invariably summons the onlooker’s eye in order to mentally re-create the form and the virtual matter of a façade or a tower, through an interplay of lines and layers. In this way, the active visitor is involved in the process of creating form, which he himself ends up defining through his own eye, his movement, and his perception.
Philippe Chiambaretta graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in 1985, and completed his training with a Master of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and then, in 2000, with a degree from the Paris-Belleville School of Architecture. Between 1991 and 2000, he was the director of Ricardo Bofill’s Taller de Architectura, and he then founded his own agency in 2001. Over these past few years he has undertaken several projects connected with the artistic sphere such as the development of the new CNAP head office at La Défense (2005), and the Institut Français in Paris (2011), and he has collaborated with artists such as Orlan (Palais de Tokyo, 2005) and Tobias Rehberger (Château de Rentilly, 2012). In 2009, the property complex at 103 Grenelle was nominated for the MIPIM Award in the category of renovated old buildings. In 2011, the agency started work on the Aéroville project at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport.