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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Souffle in Montpellier, France by HOLDUP

August 2nd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: HOLDUP


After a fortuitous sky fall, SOUFFLE landed within Trésoriers de France’s courtyard. The impact between that alien object and the “exhibition space” broke the local stability and equilibrium.

Any person suited to tame the installation will be granted a privileged access to a refuge within, half way between a confessional booth and a teleportation box.

Images Courtesy Juliette "TheJudge" Vuillard

  • Architect: HOLDUP
  • Name of Project: Souffle
  • Location: Montpellier, France
  • Design Team: Guillaume Jounet + Remy Bardin
  • Event: Festival des Architectures Vives
  • Photographs: Juliette “TheJudge” Vuillard

Images Courtesy Juliette "TheJudge" Vuillard

  • Client: Musee Languedocien + Societe Archeologique
  • Year: 2011
  • Area: 80sqm
  • Processing: Caroline Bourgeois
  • Video: Stefan Froidurot
  • Sponsors: FINSA + Maison de la Mousse


  • Courtyard cover: 90cm wide black foam rolls
  • Structural frame: 60x30mm + 80x80mm wood rafters
  • Facade: 250x125cm black MDF boards (laser cut & carved)
  • Floor complex: 250x250cm OSB + 40cm thick mattress
  • Interior: black fur + black elastane


  • Hardware: laptop + microphone + video projector
  • Software: processing

Images Courtesy Juliette "TheJudge" Vuillard


The visitor, barefoot, wanders through a peaceful garden, where an oversized rock penetrated. Walking around, she/he eventually discovers a fault through which sneaking in the block itself seems likely.

Surprisingly, the inner atmosphere is far less hostile than expected. After making her/himself comfortable, the intruder shortly notices that any single vibration triggers an interaction with the structure. If fancied, she/he is given the chance to take control of the atmospheric elements projected on the ceiling.

Images Courtesy Juliette "TheJudge" Vuillard


Genuinely imbued with experiences abroad in their respective backgrounds, from Latin America to Eastern Asia, Remy Bardin and Guillaume Jounet establish in late 2010 their own office, determinedly foreign exchange-oriented: HOLDUP.

Owing to growing collaborations, they avoid being confined to the known field of architecture and already tend to explore new territories through a multidisciplinary approach. Freed from preconceptions, their practice turns architecture into a tangible mean of communication to set dialog.

HOLDUP’s early works are developed in Chile, Japan, Norway and United-Kingdom.

Images Courtesy Juliette "TheJudge" Vuillard


Images Courtesy Juliette "TheJudge" Vuillard

Images Courtesy Juliette "TheJudge" Vuillard

Images Courtesy Juliette "TheJudge" Vuillard

Images Courtesy Juliette "TheJudge" Vuillard

Souffle Diagram



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