Dynamic, moving and collaborative the architecture of dZ0 Architecture (“degré Zéro Architecture”) is intended as an interface between program, context and form. The firm seeks to transform the very nature of the relationship between the object and its environment, notably thanks to computer-assisted design and fabrication tools. Pour dZ0, topography is an active element in the design process in that it is part of a movement which architectural form appears/disappears within its context, with the program playing the role of the transfer tool between the two (Domestic Topography, Europan 6, 2001). The firm designs architecture according to the model of the parergon, defined by Jacques Derrida as “a form whose traditional purpose is not to stand out but rather to disappear, sink away, erase itself, to melt at the very moment it deploys its most intense energy.” Their work on intrication also involves thinking about skin and structure, a recurring aspect of their approach, notably through textile-based metaphors, such as the “drape” (Athena 2004 – Olympic Bearing Points, 2003) or “weaving” (Ghost Track, 2002), a process that makes it possible to integrate structure, pattern and skin.
Graduates of the Ecole d’Architecture de Paris-Villemin, Arnaud Descombes (1972), Antoine Regnault (1974) and David Serero (1974) founded their firm dZ0 Architecture in 1998 in Paris, and were then joined by Elena Fernandez (1970). In 2001 they opened a second office in New York. In 2004, Serero and Hernandez left dZ0 Architecture, which has since been headed by Descombes and Regnault. The firm has been awarded several prizes (Nouveaux Albums des Jeunes Architectes 2002, Young Architects 2002) and it regularly participates in exhibitions (Venice Biennale, 2002; ArchiLab, 2003; RIBA, London, 2003; Maison de l’Architecture et de la Ville, Marseille, 2007).