Projects that are at one with their settings
The firm is sensitive to its environment and seeks to create projects both contemporary and respectful of their context. Its perspective on architecture and urban planning has always encompassed more than the simple production of designs, buildings and neighbourhoods.
Our practice is at the crossroads of architecture and urban planning, characterized by an approach inspired by the physical, cultural, geographical, historical, economical, and tangible and intangible heritage constraints particular to each site. We analyze this heritage over the years drawing on the implicit and explicit potential necessary to transform each setting into a space that supports collective well-being.
All of our gestures are considered with a critical eye and an awareness that every new intervention permanently alters the existing urban fabric. As a result, we move away from signature approaches in favour of a nuanced, vibrant, and fluid language in response to the demands of a contemporary cosmopolitan city. We support spaces that are conducive to meetings, forging connections, and exchanges – those that incite users to share, listen, and collaborate. Spaces that encourage learning, questioning, and moving forward.
We are aware that our discipline has the potential to play a transformative role in society, and that our ideas will become collective projects reflecting a multitude of different communities.
Research and innovation
Our approach is borne of interdisciplinary reflections linking architecture, urban design and urban planning, interior design, and landscape design. For us, the first step of a project is of the utmost importance, as it entails a thorough analysis and comprehension of the context.
To develop the volumetry of a project, models are often favoured, as an exploration and research tool within our studios.
This approach enables a more in-depth comprehension of site development considerations, urban context, and architectural conceptualization of a new building and its functional and physical coexistence in a given environment. It also enables the intervention parameters to be established at the beginning of a project, then further developed, while ensuring that the resulting creation will attain expectations.
In addition, we are firmly convinced of the need to implement structures and mechanisms that favour sharing, collaboration, and the centralization of information. Building Information Modeling (BIM), a collaborative process producing data-rich interdisciplinary virtual 3D models, constitutes a work method enabling us to structure information and share it efficiently between all project stakeholders, all throughout the conception, construction, and ultimately, the usage stage.
We are committed to offering high-quality services that satisfy our clients’ needs, while delivering carefully executed exceptional architectural and urban design quality, while simultaneously respecting anticipated costs and deadlines. In a continuously evolving field, ongoing improvement of our practices and a rigorous quality control system constitute the foundations of our philosophy.
Our actions are informed by 3 essential guiding principles: comprehension of the complexity and contexts of human activity; construction of viable architecture and adapted living spaces; and preservation of the quality of the built environment.
We have acquired a solid expertise in sustainable development, spanning not only the architectural field, but also the interior design and urban design fields. Our ecological and collaborative approach enable us to devise project design solutions that are sustainable and adaptable to their contexts, while also yielding tangible measurable results.
The sustainable development team adapts daily to new projects through efficient gestures that make our sustainability goals a reality. This determination to create healthy environments is also conveyed by our organizational practices rooted in sustainable development and the implementation of eco-responsible habits. Internally, we are therefore able to further reduce the impacts of our activities on the environment.
We create an awareness amongst our profession of the integration of sustainability practices in project development. In fact, beyond the importance of efficiency and life cycles, sustainable development practices have a major impact on the urban landscape. On the one hand, they create more aesthetic communities in which inhabitants have a sense of belonging; on the other hand, they reinforce the physical and ecological benefits of infrastructures on our health. When we align architectural and landscape design quality with ecological and sustainable solutions, we ensure human well-being at the heart of our projects.
From the conceptualization of public spaces to the selection of materials, energy efficiency, and climate change mitigation measures, we make use of our experience with international certification tools in all aspects of a mandate. We are characterized by our unique diversified expertise and the integrated multidisciplinary approach employed in all of our interventions.