Hamonic + Masson

Architecture Firm Paris / France

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Hamonic + Masson & Associés is Gaëlle Hamonic, Jean-Christophe Masson and, since, 2013, Marie-Agnès de Bailliencourt. The agency was founded in 1997 and in 2002 was awarded the Nouveaux Albums de la Jeune Architecture (NAJA). They became recognised by the general public in 2003 by designing the Maison Métal for the Parc de la Villette. It was an event that placed Hamonic + Masson at the crossroads of art and architecture, a flexible place that allows for some adventurous undertakings. It opened a series of exhibitions and staged events such as the French Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale with the French Touch collective, the City of Architecture and Heritage, etc. They like this coming and going between lasting and temporary forms, between the general public and users, for it allows them to reinvent themselves and remain flexible.

The agency develops projects everywhere in France and by now has some fifteen realisations to its credit. It works with public and private contractors and strives to act in all types of contexts and fields (e.g. housing, public facilities, business offices, infrastructures, etc.). It is presently participating in the debate on height that has become such a hot topic throughout France. In 2014 the agency will complete and deliver Paris’ first high-rise in 30 years. The project has broken through a glass ceiling and makes the skyscraper a prism for radically re-thinking urban space. 2014 and 2015 will see other major undertakings in the Grand Paris project, notably the proposition for the Avenue Foch, which has become one of the major projects backed by the Paris City Hall and will be put in place during the first 100 days of the new Mayor’s time in office.

The agency now employs some fifteen collaborators all working in 250 square metres of space in Paris’ 2nd arrondissement.

Gaëlle Hamonic is vice-president of the Maison de l’Architecture en Île-de-France.
Jean-Christophe Masson teaches at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Versailles.

Both are founding members of the Association French Touch that federates some fifteen Parisian agencies around the theme of enhancing a certain French architecture. Since 2007, it has published the Annuel Optimiste d’Architecture amongst other titles.
Hamonic + Masson
Hamonic + Masson

Hamonic + Masson & Associés is Gaëlle Hamonic, Jean-Christophe Masson and, since, 2013, Marie-Agnès de Bailliencourt. The agency was founded in 1997 and in 2002 was awarded the Nouveaux Albums de la Jeune Architecture (NAJA). They became recognised by the general public in 2003 by designing the Maison Métal for the Parc de la Villette. It was an event that placed Hamonic + Masson at the crossroads of art and architecture, a flexible place that allows for some adventurous undertakings. It opened...

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