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François Roche, Secrétaire particulier, architect

With Stéphanie Lavaux, artist (from 1993 to 2010), Camille Lacadee, architect (from 2010 to 2015)…

In his manifesto L’ombre du caméléon (1994), François Roche sketched his conception of an architecture with a preference for material, physical and climatic facts. Cartography replaced the traditional task of tracing, territory replaced plan, situation replaced site, and the furtive replaced the static object. His architecture veered towards hybridization and “hyperlocalism”, aimed at distorting reality and bringing out its most significant unusualness. Roche started to use digital techniques in 1996, just when the agency moved to Reunion Island and then South Africa. The projects devised at that time (Route du Maïdo; Soweto Memorial Museum; Port-abri de Sainte-Rose) stemmed from hybridizations and distortions based on digitized photographs of the environment which were subsequently deformed and reworked. Roche’s work opens up a deceptive architecture: the Maison Barak (Sommières, 2001, completed), (Un)Plug Building, EDF Tower, Paris, 2001-2003, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bangkok (Dustyerelief F/B-mu, Bangkok, 2002, Mosquito Bottleneck (2003), and the Garden of Earthly Delights (2008) all exaggerate their context, whatever it may be, and literally merge with it. Other recent projects incorporate a process of self-determination by way of the new technologies: I’ve heard about (2005), for example, simulates a process of bio-urbanism whose constructive algorithm integrates individual and collective stress within its data, like a virus. All these projects illustrate a line of thinking which refers to art, philosophy, genetics and science-fiction, inspired by nano-technologies as well as by bio-robotics, and conveyed with the same caustic eye in writings, lectures and projects.

After studying architecture in Versailles, François Roche (Paris, 1961) founded his agency in Paris in 1989. He increased his joint ventures, as is evident from the perpetually changing name of the agency. Known from then on as R&Sie(n), his agency today includes Stéphanie Lavaux (Saint-Denis de la Réunion, 1966), a graduate of the Paris School of Fine Arts (1990) and Toshikatsi Kiuchi (Japan, 1978), who respectively joined it in 1993 and 2007. Roche also has a teaching career to his credit (TU/Vienna, 2002; Bartlett School, London, 2000-01; Columbia, New York, 2006-2010; USC, Los Angeles, since 2009), and lectures throughout the world. His projects have been regularly described in publications, and also presented at numerous exhibitions (Venice Biennale, 1990, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2010; ArchiLab, 1999, 2001, 2003; Architecture non standard, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2003; SFMoMA, San Francisco, 2010; and Le Laboratoire, Paris, 2010).

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Shadow and light 1990-1995
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Growing Up, Maison dans les arbres, Compiègne 1993-1999
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Contraction, La route du Maïdo, La Petite France, La Réunion 1996
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La route de Soweto, le Bush, Afrique du Sud 1997
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Sédimentation, La Baïse, France 1997
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Acqua Alta 1.0, Aspiration, Venise 1998
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Extrusion, Cirque de Salazie, La Réunion 1998
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Furtive, Paris, France 1998
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Incision, Rotterdam, Pays-Bas 1998-1999
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Port-abri et Aménagement, Sainte-Rose, Ile de la Réunion 1998
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OverFlow, Echigo-Tsumari, Japon 1999
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Acqua Alta 2.0, Absorption, Venise 2000
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Asphalt Spot, Tokamashi, Japon 2000-2002
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(Un) Plug, La Défense, Paris 2001-2003
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Ectoplasme, Lorient, France 2001-2011
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hybrid muscle, Chiang Mai, Thaïlande 2001-2002
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Wire Frame, Pouilly, France 2001
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Dustyrelief / B-mu, Bangkok, Thaïlande 2002-2004
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Waterflux (Scrambled Flat 2.0) 2002-2009
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Mosquitosbottleneck, Trinidad, Cuba 2003
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Shearing 2003
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Social Textile 2003-2008
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Avatar 2005-2008
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Bioreboot 2005-2011
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Green Gorgon, Lausanne, Suisse 2005
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Hypnosis Chamber 2005-2010
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I've heard about...(a flat, fat, growing urban experiment) 2005
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Loophole, Cieszyn et Cesky Tesin, Pologne et République Tchèque 2005-2008
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theGardenOfEarthlyDelights 2005
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he shotmedown, Heyri, Corée du Sud 2006-2007
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Olzweg 2006-2008
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Terra Incognita 2006
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Mi (pi), MIT, Boston, Etats-Unis 2007
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Spidernetthewood 2007
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Broomwitch, Pavillon Seroussi, Meudon, France 2008
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I'm lost in Paris, Paris, France 2008-2009
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Symbiosis'Hood, Séoul, Corée du Sud 2009
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The Things which necroses 2009-2010
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theBuildingWichNeverDies 2009-2011
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Architecture des humeurs 2010-2011
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Ice Inflatable, Planète Mars 2010
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"...mais je te vois...nue", Paris, France 2011
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Civic Mimic, Palais de Chaillot, Paris 2011
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MythomaniaS 2012-2018
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Timidity Symptom 2012-2014
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MMyst, Krabi, Thaïlande 2015
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The Shadows Room 2016
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