parametric design, architecture and art

Hugh Dutton est le premier architecte à répondre à la série de 4 questions que nous souhaitons utiliser comme outil de recherche atour des questions de l”architecture, l”ingénierie, la culture complexe contemporaine et la figure de l”architecte dans le future.

L”idée est d”interviewer des personnalités différentes liées au monde de l”architecture, du projet, de la construction, afin de pouvoir construire un débat ouvert sur ces sujets.

Hugh, directeur de notre agence, propose une interprétation relationnelle des spécificités de l”architecture et l”ingénierie. En citant des exemple tels que Brunelleschi (l”homme architecte et ingénieur au même temps), il expose son regard critique envers l” “état d”éloignement” de ces deux professions, “comme un couple dont les partenaires ne se parlent plus” et il explique comment à l”agence nous travaillons ensemble, architectes et ingénieurs, avec la vision d”une réconciliation de la créativité avec la technique.


Geometry Generated with the Form Finding Application

For Complexitys this post represents the first one dedicated to more technical and scientific aspects, which is an important topic developed at HDA. This post is the first entry of our new ENGINEERING category.

With many architectural complex forms being studied at HDA, the complexity of the structural issues does not allow us to entirely separate architecture and engineering. In other words architectural aspects, in terms of geometry research for example, are deeply linked and driven by the structural behaviour of the constitutive materials. The choosing and defining of an optimized and efficient form for the structure are elaborated on during several exchanges between architects and engineers in order to fulfil all design criteria.



A recent article on ArchDaily talked about our ‘in progress’ footbridge at La Roche sur Yon.
We’re pleased to be a subject of interest for a such an important architecture website, and what we appreciate even more is the public feedback and the list of comments left, which have inspired some interesting reflections about our work here at HDA.
I would particularly like to share some thoughts on the idea (or even obsession) of “being original” in architecture, the meaning of copying someone or something, and what this could imply nowadays, in a time when everybody is talking about copyright and how it’s changing with new communication technologies.

This is a very complex subject and I don’t have any firm ideas or theories, but I would like to use this post just to share some thoughts on it.
In the article I’m referring to, the 80% (maybe more) of comments have a “this project looks like…” format, that’s why I’m mindfully using the word “obsession” above.
My first reaction was to think that these comments were negative, simply because they were saying that at HDA we are not original. But when I heard my principal Hugh Dutton saying happily “they’re comparing us to Calatrava, that’s great!”, I understood that my interpretation was very subjective.
In fact, being original has something of an obsession for architects, but today it’s maybe becoming an antiquated attitude.



Oggi 11 novembre è festa nazionale in Francia, ma gli italiani a Parigi sembrano lavorare con più energia del normale.

Sono le 10 e sono appena tornato da un rapido incontro con l’architetta e regista Morena Campani (Cabinet Projets Culturels Paris). Abbiamo scambiato molte idee, toccato molti argomenti e ci siamo lasciati con un gran numero di idee che vorremmo realizzare insieme. Un po’ scherzosamente ma anche molto seriamente ho detto a Morena che la aggiungero’ alla lunga lista degli architetti che lavorano senza costruire edifici (#thinkark).

E’ stato un’incontro molto proficuo, abbiamo parlato di tutta l’architettura che sta prima e dopo il progetto tradizionalmente inteso, di arte del quotidiano, di comunicazione web, meipi, esoterismo, architettura sensoriale e starchitects.

Morena Campani parteciperà sicuramente alla serie di interviste che stiamo preparando in francese sul rapporto fra l’architettura e l’ingegneria e, oltre a questo, abbiamo avuto un’idea molto interessante che spero interesserà i lettori del blog: si tratta di un film documentario sugli studi di architettura alternativi e d’avanguardia in Europa.



Complexitys blog was conceived amid much brainstorming and deliberation, and with much enthusiasm, but with little idea of exactly which direction it would proceed in. Little more than two months after its birth and we’ve been surprised and encouraged to see the first important result of our devotion to, and investment in, an open online communication of architecture.
As Domenico Di Siena from Ecosistema Urbano Office explained in our “web for architects” training in Paris, “an architecture office’s blog is not a portfolio or a place to talk about themselves, but rather an incredibly powerful tool to create a community around the office’s activities and interests”.
Two months into the project and several blogs worldwide have begun talking about complexitys, so these words are now becoming reality.


La tensegrité:

Selon wikipedia,  La tenségrité est un terme d’architecture, qui serait l’invention de Richard Buckminster Fuller en 1949. Le mot provient de la contraction du terme tensile et integrity.



Depuis septembre le blog est devenu un sujet à l”ordre du jour dans les réunions hebdomadaires à l”agence.
Une discussion en équipe est toujours très constructive parce que ça permet de se prendre de la distance et de se rendre compte de certains défaut assez évident et pourtant des fois difficile à voir.
Par exemple, on a remarqué que sur le blog  il manque encore un post qui met en valeur un des sujets des discussions quotidien à l”agence, c”est à dire la “matérialité” des choses, leur réalité et, par conséquence, le sujet de la lumière et sa façon de “rendre” les matériaux et le formes (L”architecture est le jeu, savant, correct et magnifique des volumes sous la lumière”).


Bueno. Este es un post de viernes por la tarde, es decir un poco de risa.
Pero quizás tampoco mucho.
También es el primer post en español, y también es el primer post de la categoría “Architecture Games”, en la cual vamos a hablar de todo lo que está relacionado con la parte más creativa y de juego de la arquitectura y de la construcción.


We are happy to post our first entry of our new DOWNLOADS category.
Like a small but growing number of other architecture offices (such as Ecosistema Urbano and Arquitextonica), we believe that sharing content can be useful, productive and not anti-economic.
In other words, we believe in an Open Culture.

That’s why on this post we want to share with you in a free download format, a rhinoscript code (see video above) that we developed for a skylight design in China, which can help with understanding the concept of double and single curvature geometry.
If you are new to rhinoscript, it may help you to have a look at THEVERYMANY, where you will get a better idea of what can be achieved within this format.