CONSTRUIRE

Where meaning is arrived at through occupation rather than the built form.

Patrick Bouchain is a French architect whose designs cannot simply be categorized as built spaces. He constructs choreographed experiences, situations, alliances and networks. With Loic Julienne, he co-founded Construire, a practice whose very title succinctly reveals an architectural assertion. Here the collective process (the making) trumps product (the output). In this model, architecture is in a constant state of becoming, where meaning is arrived at through occupation rather than the built form.

Deeply rooted on the principle that the environment has sustained sufficient impact from architecture’s material assertions, Construire works with the notion of economy, (mis)appropriation, layering and nostalgia-free salvage. It is an atypical practice that positions the architect in a myriad of roles: public persona, political negotiator, developer, fundraiser, project manager, community organizer – anything but a purveyor of overarching formal mega-visions.

Construire’s projects trade technical complexity for frugality, make the best of regulations and constraints, question programming, and in an inclusive, and daringly forward-thinking way, address the issue of public space in a fragmented, multiplicitous and populist manner.

– Anya Sirota