SPLAAR – Sandra Planchez + Le Labo des Architectes

About SPLAAR – Sandra Planchez + Le Labo des Architectes

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SPLAARProgressive pragmatism and architectural research brought together in one structure. Over twelve years of experience in architectural and urban creations. Major tenders/contracts won and projects completed or in progress, for public as well as private clients. A proven know how acquired in the stimulating context of growing intricacies in conceiving and delivering projects, ranging from buildings located within the central grid of historic towns to entirely new «eco-suburbs» in contemporary cities. Challenges and approaches may vary depending on the scale and specifications of different projects, but the same principles and requirements apply : we are more than ever convinced that planning and constructing for the future require that buildings be well set within their city and landscape, hence achieving quality of life in a more and more complex and regulated world.

Over and above the constraints of compliance with all applicable regulations and specifications, it is the principle of quality which inspires our architecture, at all times: it cannot be preset or regulated but it should translate into well being for all, in all places. How can we achieve this? By refusing to turn buildings ; especially those pertaining to day to day life, which are the majority and the most prone to mediocrity, into tight and sealed «shoe boxes», technically efficient and energy saving but unfortunately most of the time beauty-proof.

At the commencement of every project, which is a fertile and creative period of incubation, achieving the right balance for a building implies questioning all formal or program related evidences by means of an open albeit cautious architectural reckoning. That amounts to reshuffling the cards for each project without any given or preconceived ideas. The world is evolving very rapidly, hence the need to adapt, to anticipate, to innovate.In this day and age, an architect certainly should not create in isolation, but orchestrate the multiple competencies of many participants. In light of sometimes contradictory objectives, the architectural score to be composed should be functional and harmonious, defining well designed and well constructed buildings. In a constantly changing environment and with varying degrees of budgets and constraints, the architect is there to create spaces that users should perceive as providing harmony and pleasure.

Such are the values which inspire our ideas and which we wish to share with all those involved in our projects.