Brunet Saunier Architecture: Monospace and Simplexity by Pascale Blin

By Pascale Blin

Based in 1981 in Paris, Brunet Saunier structure is a French chief within the layout of hospitals and large-scale public structures. This ebook is way greater than a monograph. it's also a qualified reference paintings, as medical institution structures make up a wide part of the showcased initiatives. during the last ten years the architectural workplace has been constructing a profitable thought often called “Monospace”. The booklet discusses and analyzes this idea intimately, offering trueto- scale flooring plans, cross-sections, architectural perspectives, and different info. The Monospace inspiration – that is in line with a means of artistic aid right down to necessities, i.e. “simplexity” – is adaptive instead of normative or prescriptive, and according to possibilities instead of determinism. It respects strength, even if it occasionally makes use of it. It takes the individual’s event under consideration, and begins from the placement of the topic. It additionally allows altering views. This layout proposal may still allure cognizance some distance past the borders of France.

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Jacob dont L’Autisme, L’ Empathie (avec G. Jorland), Les Espaces de l’homme (avec R. Recht), Le Corps en acte, centenaire Maurice Merleau Ponty. The ‘monospace’ was developed to be able to orchestrate the sum total of hospital complexities. A sum that recedes by way of simplifying principles to reveal in short only the self-evidence of a place. Could this concept (originally a hospital-related term that has since been extended to other facilities) resonate with the concept of simplexity articulated by Alain Berthoz, honorary professor at the Collège de France1, as a reading of this neuroscientist’s works2 might suggest?

D e l a d e n s i f ic ation à l’ e x t e rn a li s ation L’histoire hospitalière en témoigne, les évolutions sont rapides… et parfois surprenantes. La maille, volontairement confortable, peut à tout moment densifier les parcelles, remodeler les agencements, affiner l’ergonomie des équipements. Sa flexibilité est telle qu’elle suffit le plus souvent à absorber les modifications. Si ce n’est pas le cas… la maille peut se poursuivre au-delà de l’emprise initiale. Les façades en proue d’équipement sont descendues, la structure poteau/poutre se propage, les plateaux stratifiés se prolongent, le système d’irrigation poursuit sa course et enrichit son arborescence, les façades complètent leur association par des modules identiques.

Un vide structuré au cordeau, que ne manquera pas de produire le site hospitalier avec sa façade basse, blanche et parfaitement lisse, dès lors que son environnement immédiat aura fini de subir les affres d’une urbanité dense, associée à une architecture apprêtée. C o n t e x t ua l D i f f e r e n t i at i o n Not far from Disney World, in the heart of a highly urbanised area of crypto-Haussmannian architecture, the new Marne-la-Vallée hospital has taken up residence. Its emblematic look guarantees that it will stand out against the surrounding built environment and assert itself as an unquestionably 21st-century public facility of regional scope.

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