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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.

Mineral Botanical – FRAC Centre garden in Orléans, France by Bassinet Turquin Paysage

February 8th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Bassinet Turquin Paysage

Grégoire Bassinet came to landscape architecture through garden design. After graduating from ENSP in 2005, he favoured long-term professional projects. He handled their operational management, from the design and consultation phases to the implementation and work site supervision phases. Mr Bassinet has demonstrated his methodological approach as project manager of complex urban renovation programmes with the agency AxP Urbicus, at the Neuville-sur-Oise campus, the Cherpines plain in Geneva and the Chaperon Vert district in Arcueil with the agency TN+.

Mineral Botanical

  • Architects: Bassinet Turquin Paysage
  • Project: Mineral Botanical – FRAC Centre garden
  • Location: 12 rue de la Tour Neuve, 45 000 Orléans, France
  • Client: FRAC Centre, Conseil Régional du Centre
  • Types of competition: Draft competition
  • Program: Garden
  • Surface: 460 m2
  • Result: Honorable mention, 2de of the competition
  • Landscape architecture: Bassinet Turquin Paysage, Grégoire Bassinet, Camille Coutard, Rémy Turquin
  • Light design: Armand Lecouturier

Night picture

Thanks to his pragmatic vision of landscape design and hands-on experience, he can rapidly gauge projects and adjust his design concept to meet technical requirements and handle political and financial contingencies. His extensive knowledge of botany and natural processes, along with his expertise in agricultural and construction techniques, enhance every project with his adaptability and high standards.

Mineral Botanical

Rémy Turquin came to landscape architecture through drawing. With a degree from ENSP in 2005, he has worked on major international projects (Paris Philharmonic, Waterfront City in Dubai, London 2012 Olympic Village, etc.) with leading architecture, urban development and landscape design agencies. With Ateliers Jean Nouvel, he took a sensitive and contextualist approach to architecture, while at OMA, he focused his energy on suburban projects. Then with the Swiss landscape architect Gunther Vogt, he struck the intellectual synthesis of these two schools.

Mineral Botanical

Thanks to his management of cross-disciplinary teams, competence in graphic communication techniques and the generous vision he brings to projects, he has gained experience with various design processes and broadened his expertise in landscape architecture. With his knowledge of the different aspects of space design, Mr Turquin is capable of working on all types of projects. Through his sensitivity to the environment, existing ecosystems always play a role. Inventiveness and rigour continuously fuel his work.

Mineral Botanical

From vectorial transmutation…
«Turbulences» by Jakob+MacFarlane integrates into the setting, taking the building’s orthogonal lines and original public space and deforming them. In this multi-angular building, formal specifications are guided by intangible considerations such as aesthetics, sunlight, empty spaces, traffic and so on.

Day Picture

To material transmutation
Our garden project is an extension of the momentum launched by Jakob+MacFarlane. Our objective is not to copy the form of the vectorial transmutation of «Turbulences», as this deformation is led directly by considerations that do not affect the garden site. However, we shall pursue the idea of transmutation in order to generate space. The garden is the subject of material transmutation, where mineral surface meets botanical surface. The garden combines these two aspects, which are also areas of movement, gatherings, exhibitions and receptions, similar to the gardens of the New York Museum of Modern Art.

Architectural and landscape architectural masterplan

From the mineral…
The material transmutation of the garden begins with the mineral aspect. The building structure is divided into 60 cm modules. This dimension features the dual advantage of representing an average walking stride and being readily available on the market. The materials used for the mineral aspect can be defined more specifically while examining the various options, which differ in meaning and cost. The speed of transmutation of the mineral is the project’s main compositional issue and should be determined by the fluidity of transmutation, simplicity of project implementation, the usability of the mineral aspects and the botanical relevance of planted areas.

Mineral Botanical

To the botanical…
The botanical composition of the garden is defined by wide mono-specific plant beds, whose large size instils a tranquil rhythm. This stability is enhanced through variations in the colours and scents of the plants chosen. The timing of the botanical aspect is more crucial. As the FRAC is to be inaugurated in October, bare roots and root balls cannot be planted, nor can seedbeds be prepared. Options are therefore limited to plants and trees in pots and planters. Maintenance must be minimal and balanced with the garden’s environmental and aesthetic qualities. We have selected nine kinds of rustic, easy-care plants to limit the maintenance work necessary.




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