Anouk Legendre: XTU Architects, Paris
Cornell in Rome Fall 2015 Lecture Series
X is for the unknown mathematical variable and TU is for the suffix in situ, references to the geography and landscape of work by Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières, the founding architects of XTU, in 2000.
Among its many projects, XTU designed the Jeongok Prehistory Museum in South Korea and has worked on the Maison des Civilisations in La Reunion (MCUR), the first positive energy museum in the Indian Ocean, the Museum of Wine in Bordeaux, and the French Pavilion at the Expo Milano 2015.
Standing by a conviction that architecture should predict the future and the biotechnological transformation will be the Third Industrial Revolution, the architects at XTU are heavily invested in urban agriculture and experimental research, which lies at the intersection of the life sciences, ecology, architecture, and urban development.
Architectural posture is initially focused on the expression of architectural shapes carved echoing the urban context and landscape. The context is the founder, it generates the form, write in a minimalist and refined, inspired by abstract sculptors, futuristic willingly.