Well Being


22. März 2020

It is time to think after oil age

Architecture must anticipate the future!

For millions of years, nature has stored beneath the earth’s surface, including CO2 in the form of petroleum.

For more than 100 years, humans have been extracting this resource for their needs. By this action they put back into the atmosphere this toxic gas violently blocking the natural process that made the planet exceptionally habitable.
[so far unique in the universe …]

We propose to tackle the symbols of these oil companies: the offshore platforms seem to us a good example.

Because they have an interesting capacity for mutation.
From hard and industrial projects they are transformed into poetic, habitable and exotic projects, they are X_Lands. It’s an sustainable and a pleasant path for tomorrow.

They mark the change of paradigms.

XTU is an architecture and urban planning agency founded by Nicolas Desmazières and Anouk Legendre, developing a truly innovative approach to the city and the habitat, drawing inspiration from the strategies and processes of life. Active since 2000, the XTU agency has many innovative, often award-winning projects that seek a strong inscription in the territory.

Among its remarkable achievements is the Jeongok Prehistory Museum in South Korea (prize of the Korean Academy of Architecture), the French pavilion of the Milano 2015 World Fair (Best Architecture Pavilion), Cite du Vin in Bordeaux. She is currently studying BayEcotarium in San Francisco, the NewBundDecathlon in Shanghai and the FrenchDreamTowers in Hangzhou.

These are all flagship projects that synthesize in a unitary form, geographical integration and perspective of contents. Projects that make sense.

Convinced that architecture must anticipate the future and that the biotechnological evolution will be the third industrial revolution, XTU architects have invested heavily in urban agriculture and experimental research at the crossroads of life sciences, Ecology, architecture and town planning.

Owners of 3 technological patents in 2011, XTU has in particular invented and developed with the consortium SymBIO2, the system of ‘biofaçades’ (active facades integrating microalgae cultures).
In 2016, XTU is Laureate of the competition Reinventing Paris, for the project In Vivo including the 1st building of housing to biofacades.

The projects run by XTU offer another way of seeing the world and the certainty that we must change lifestyles.

Images: xtuarchitects


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