Innovation in architecture and heritage 2008

A first Workshop/Contest – what for ?

To consider architecture as an “object in time”

The praxis of the re-use of the monuments, “Reviving the Historic Monuments”, gives the managers of the Cultural Centres-Historic Monuments an overview on the subtle links and interactions between space and use in the perspective of the fourth dimension: time. This alchemy between architecture, humans and time should not stall on the threshold of modern times. For the Cultural Centres-Historic Monuments this interaction between space and use continues today within the framework of rules and regulations governing Historic Monuments. The actuality and this framework are still to become part of a reflexion process with the ambition and courage corresponding to the intellectual, technical, financial, social and aesthetic stakes.

To explore future perspectives in partnership with the Schools of Architecture

The process of reflexion on the architectural object both historic and alive through its contemporary use is an enriching experience, due also to its complexity, for the young professionals that will become architects and, some of them, creators of the future heritage. We considered an interesting enterprise to challenge young talented professionals to work on these complex issues, to encourage them to experiment original approaches and freely imagine original proposals.

To work and reflect in Europe, as part of a network

Finally, in a momentum for Europe and networks, in the spirit that Cultural Centres-Historic Monuments promote since now two decennia, we wished this process of reflexion to be collective. This confrontation of proposals has to involve Europeans engaged in the same adventure of “Reviving Monuments”, professionals on the spot, young architects still in the education process and teachers.

For this Workshop/Contest the ambition is none less than to imagine architectural interventions in Historic Monuments re-used today for cultural and artistic projects that express accurately, in the spirit of the project, the contemporary objective assigned to this historic sites. How to be pertinent and realistic when approaching with this goal a historic monument without compromising the quality of an architectural conception? “This is the question!”

Participants in the Workshop/Contest

  • Belgium (Grand-Hornu and the Faculté Polytechnique de Mons, Abbaye de la Paix-Dieu and the Faculté Polytechnique de Mons);
  • Spain (Monasterio Santa Maria la Réal with Ecole technique supérieure d’Architecture de Valladolid);
  • Finland (Suomenlinna Governing Body and ENSA Clermont-Ferrand);
  • France (La Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon and ENSA Paris-Belleville, La Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon and ENSA Montpellier, the Imec/Ardenne and ENSA Paris-Malaquais, the Abbaye d’Ambronay and ’ENSA Grenoble, the Domaine de Kerguéhennec and ENSA Bretagne, the Couvent de la Tourette and ENSA Lyon, the Saline d’Arc-et-Senans and Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture Paris, the Abbaye de Fontevraud and Ecole de Design de Nantes);
  • Hungary (Fehérvárcsurgó Castle and the University of Technology and economy of Budapest, Faculty of Architecture, Department of history of Architecture and monuments) Université de technologie et d’économie de Budapest, Faculté d’Architecture, Département pour l’histoire de l’Architecture et des monuments);
  • Italy (Teatro Potlach/Monastère Santa Maria del Soccorso and Université de Rome “La Sapienza”, Faculté d’Architecture Valle Giulia);
  • Poland (Malopolski Instytut Kultury and the Krakow University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture, Institute of urban design, the Ujazdowski Castle and the University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture);
  • Romania (Banffy Castle and the Technological University of Cluj, Mogosoaia Palace and the University “Ion Mincu”, Faculty of Architecture).

The jury

Andrea BRUNO, François BARRÉ, Jean GAUTIER, Marc BARANI, Maria CALADO, Pierre-Louis FALOCI, Jean-François CABESTAN, Dominique LYON, Pierre BOURRIER, François CHASLIN, Guillaume D’ANDLAU, François GOVEN, Heinz WISMANN.

The six winners