Category Archives: Architecture Models

Guise’s Familistere – a comprehensive accessibility chain project

Guise’s Familistère is a complex of buildings built by the manufacturer and utopian socialist Jean-Baptiste André Godin in the mid-19th century. It is considered as one of the first (if not the first) social housing construction at all. The design solutions imagined were used more than 50 years later by architects such as Le Corbusier. Read More

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Château de Champs-sur-Marne – 2015

The Champs-sur-Marne Castle is the only National Monument that is furnished. Beyond its exterior envelope, corresponding to a private hotel of the 18th century, it was essential for us to underline the beauty of the interiors and the particularity of the half-levels. Read More

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Taststation Museum des Menschen

Musée de l’Homme – Paris – 2016

Engaging the senses of All – this was the roadmap for the renovation of The Mankind Museum. It meant engaging the senses not only for the blind but for all visitors. The museum chose to offer 21 stations along which one may discover the history of a family, representative model of a human lifespan. A series of busts, from grandson to grandfather, explain the genetic heritage we inherit and with which comes physical likeness as well as signs of ageing. The tactile discovery of the busts is helped by an audio comment; texts in Braille and in big letters add further information. Read More

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Tastmodell Amphitheater Nîmes

Arena of Nîmes – 2016

The arena of Nîmes, dating from Roman times, were reproduced as a tactile model of one metre diameter, with a sectional view detailing the bleachers plan. The goal was to make everybody understand the complex organisation of the construction and in particular its dual circulation system, allowing spectators to join one of the four zones of the bleachers. Read More

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Tastmodell Schloss Azay-le-Rideau

Azay-le-Rideau – Palace – Loire Valley – 2015

The construction of the Palace of Azay-le-Rideau, set on an island in the middle of the river Indre, started under the reign of Francis I of France in the 16th century. Its successive owners brought changes and renovations to the initial building, like a renaissance-style north facade, an english-style garden, a salon decorated in 19th-century style, a water mirror to the south facade completed in the 20th century… Read More

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Taststation Königliche Festung von Chinon

Royal Fortress of Chinon – 2015

Visitors of the fortress terrain are greeted at the entrance by a tactile orientation plan, made entirely of the stone-like material Corian©. The plan addresses both sighted and non-sighted visitors, explaining the site and architecture details. It was a particularly interesting task to manufacture the plan in multiple colours – using traditional techniques from the marquetry craft to work on the Corian. This material’s resistance is similar to stone, containing 70% bauxite, aluminium oxide and acrylic resin. It is naturally antibacterial and therefore a valuable material for plans in use outside. It is a gentle material, soft to touch and intensely colourful. However it is hard to manufacture. Read More

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Trévoux

Cultural Center La Passerelle – Trévoux – 2014

The cultural center “La Passerelle” opened on September 14, 2013 in Trévoux, a town north of Lyon. The Department of Architectural Heritage (CIA), following the idea of the Municipality of Dombes Saône Vallée, created a permanent exhibition on the city, its architectural roots and the surrounding landscape types . Read More

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