NOMADE now has a staff of 33 professionals (architects, town planners, heritage architects, draftspersons and administrative employees) from a wide range of European and international cultures.
One of the specific aspects of our agency lies in its dual geographical location, with an office in Paris and another in Brittany (Vannes, Morbihan). Rather than resulting in a separate coexistence, this approach provides two sets of eyes able to develop a complementary viewpoint. The fact is that the interactivity and cohesion that exist between the two agencies favours mutual enrichment, sharing of ideas and pooling of forces. The result is an architectural approach constantly being reinforced, optimised and renewed.
A spirit of creativity and the exchange of ideas are central to the creative process. They allow us to test our architectural mindsets and, without any preconceived notions, arrive at singular ideas.
The agency’s projects mainly concern public commissions. In the more than ten years of our existence, we have acquired a considerable expertise in the design of buildings for public use, be they schools, housing, hospitals, technical buildings or sports facilities.
We have wide-ranging yet coherent capabilities that give us the capacity to find intelligent solutions to specific and occasionally complex problems. This concern for eclecticism is a driving force that allows us to develop made-to-measure, individualised architectural solutions.
We are convinced that the success of a project lies in the combination of three elements:
The incorporation of setting and topography: from the very outset of a project and throughout the design phase, we attribute considerable importance to the natural context of each site, the resources and intrinsic qualities of the settings. The creative phases are interrupted by the construction of models that allow us to understand how our architecture integrates into the environment.
The use value: we always bear in mind the fact that a building must be designed to meet specific requirements and uses. To this end, we favour dialogue with future users.
Respecting the culture of the commissioning institutions: we privilege exchanges with the client to better understand the issues, better meet expectations and better appropriate the project.
Concerned by the impact of our buildings on the environment, we actively take an environmental approach. Integrated as from the design phase, this approach constantly nourishes our research into sustainable development and is fully integrated into all our projects. We constantly strive to propose environmental solutions that privilege simplicity and a reduced use of technology. The expression of these intentions is also conveyed by specifying innovative, high performance materials that place emphasis on sustainability. NOMADE particularly concentrates on the use of all types of timber construction, a sector in which it has become a specialist.
Our team comprises architects who are experts in the field of High Environmental Quality and have considerable experience in the management of large projects from their design through to their handover.
With our aim of being constantly creative and reactive, we stay tuned in to the development of new technologies and each team member undergoes regular training courses. The agency also makes use of skilled partners to be able to provide an expertise that specifically targets the expectations of our clients.
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The NOMADE architectural agency was created in 2001 by Raphaël Chivot, Matthieu Laviolle and Vincent Le Garrec, three French architects. It aims to develop a systemic and contextual approach to architecture resulting in projects that are both rationalist and humanist. NOMADE now has a staff of 33 professionals (architects, town planners, heritage architects, draftspersons and administrative employees) from a wide range of European and international cultures. One of the specific aspects of...