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Odile Decq – Architecture Exhibition


Odile Decq architect exhibition
image from SCI-Arc

14 Oct – 4 Dec 2011

Friday, October 14, 7-9pm: Exhibition discussion with Odile Decq and SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss, followed by an opening reception in the SCI-Arc Gallery

Los Angeles, CA (September 7, 2011)—The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is pleased to announce the exhibition Anisotropy/Anisotropie by Paris-based architecture firm Odile Decq Benoît Cornette, on view in the SCI-Arc Gallery from October 14 through December 4, 2011. Constructed of mirror-clad walls that create a series of unique geometric spaces, the installation invites visitors to make their way through these spaces while experiencing a constant play of reflection and illusions.

Decq’s exhibition aims to induce a sensory experience, both vivid and discomforting, one that pulls the human mind in various directions simultaneously. The primary geometry of each space is the triangle, but by inclining the walls at different angles, the architect forces visitors to perceive the space as something different. Furthermore, due to the reflective quality of the walls, as visitors move through the space, they experience each of its sections as being infinite. Each is dis-functional—as to alter and obscure the perception we construct of the space—and each places the mind in a constant state of disorientation: first in time, then in place, and finally in person.

About Odile Decq

Odile Decq is Principal of Odile Decq Benoît Cornette, Architectes-Urbanistes, in Paris, France (ODBC). Since 2007, she has been serving as Executive Director of the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris. Decq set up her practice after graduating from La Villette in 1978, while studying political science in Paris and pursuing a post-graduate program in Urban Planning. Her first commission, Banque Populaire de l’Ouest in Rennes, France, completed in 1990, received international acclaim and numerous prizes.

Publications documenting the building underlined the emergence of a new style born from punk rebellion, while also questioning the project, the use, the matter, the body, the technique, the taste, and the architecture of ODBC. In 1996, her firm was awarded a Golden Lion in Venice. Working independently since 1998, Decq has been true to her original style, while diversifying and radicalizing her research. Recently, she completed the new wing of the Museum for Contemporary Art in Rome (MACRO) in 2010, and the restaurant at Opera Garnier in Paris, in 2011.

Major ODBC Building Design

Museum of Contemporary Art Rome, Italy
Date: 2010-
Museum of Contemporary Art Rome building design by Odile Decq Architect
image from Odile Decq Benoît Cornette
Museum of Contemporary Art Rome
With the complexity given by the introduction of a Contemporary Art Gallery in an ancient mixed industrial building, this latest project by ODBC is an opportunity to transgress an univalent attitude of an integration into a historical context. Moreover the Roman historical context is a challenge for this type of intervention.

Odile Decq – Key Projects

Major Buildings by the ODBC architects studio, alphabetical:

Banque Populaire de l’Ouest, Rennes, France
Date: –

Docks Quay Rambaud, Lyons, France
Date: 2008-
Docks Quay Rambaud building design by Odile Decq Architect
image © ODBC – Labtop
including Pavilion 8 + Archipel Restaurant
Lyons Architecture

Florence Apartment Building, Italy
Date built: 2005

Gallery of Modern & Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy
Date built: –
Architecture Competition win – Former Perroni brewery site

Rolling Stone – house, Nanjing, China
Date built: –

Shanghai Information Centre, China
Date built: 2008
Information Centre Shanghai
photograph : JSWB
Shanghai Info Centre

VNF Headquarters, Paris, France
Date built: 2008
VNF Headquarters Quay des Invalides
image : ODBC – Labtop
Paris Competition

More design projects by architect Odile Decq online soon

Location: Paris, France

Paris Architect Practice Information

ODBC : Odile Decq et Benoît Cornette studio based in Paris, France

French Architects Firms

ODILE DECQ [b. France 1955]

BENOIT CORNETTE [b. France, 1953 – d.1998]

Have worked in partnership 1985-98

Odile Decq Benoît Cornette – Information on this French architecture studio

ODBC Studio information from Odile Decq Benoît Cornette Architects 270808

Website: www.odiledecq.com

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Design: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
Groupe Scolaire Dunoyer de Segonzac, Antony
photo © David Boureau
Groupe Scolaire Dunoyer de Segonzac, Antony

Edison Lite, 71 avenue Edison, 75013 Paris
Design: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
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photo © Luc Boegly
Edison Lite Homes Paris

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