ChartierDalix presents a selection of projects as milestones that mobilize a range of social, ecological, political and economic forces. All scales are involved, from architecture and the city to the smallest living organism.
The corpus of photographs, graphic pieces, and models explores the dynamics of transformation and the sensitive adjustments that occur between architecture and its inhabitants. Three thematic sequences present a plurality of architectural situations in which the experience of the communal, the relationship with the living, and the consideration of what is already there play a fundamental role.
For ChartierDalix, thinking of architecture as an ecosystem forms the foundation of the office’s philosophy and allows for approaching each project from an environmental, architectural, and social perspective.
The first sequence - Hosting Life - brings together five projects completed by the office as well as research work involving the integration of living organisms in architecture.
The second sequence - Generous rather than Generic - addresses a reflection on how to encourage communality and the appropriation of space by its inhabitants. Landings, walkways, inner courtyards, balconies, planted terraces, and winter gardens, all these typologies here evoke the ongoing quest for generosity and the pleasure of dwelling.
Continuing our theoretical and practical experiences, the last part entitled Rehabilitation is Reinvention addresses the need to invent new models of resilience for highrise districts inherited from Modernity. Going beyond demolition-reconstruction, we could consider coordinated operations celebrating the vertical experience and the transition to a more modest and mixed world.