Nicolas Laisné



About the Speaker

Nicolas Laisné was trained in several cultures: India with Raj Rewal, the United States with Steven Holl, and Europe with Jean Nouvel. For the Arbre Blanc, one of his most emblematic creations (2019), he has immersed himself in Japanese and Mediterranean cultures. Nicolas Laisné has a concern for nature and a way of softening the boundary between interior and exterior, through the effects of thresholds and gentle porosity. With his open-mindedness, natural curiosity and taste for dialogue, Nicolas Laisné multiplies influences and limits the weight of dogmas. His decompartmentalized vision of architecture leads him to invite philosophers, ergonomists, botanists, artists and data scientists to his table. He forms a new transdisciplinary team for each project.

His latest projects (L’Arbre Blanc, L’Arboretum in Nanterre, L’Atelier de l’Arsenal in Paris, the Althéa and Tilia housing projects in Vélizy, Nice Méridia, etc.) reflect his desire to open up architecture. So that it gives more space to everyone, including nature, in ever denser cities. So that it integrates the new uses of society, and their accelerated evolution. So that it makes the sharing of space a happy experience of conviviality.

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