Call For Submissions - Festival Des Architectures Vives 2015, La Grande Motte

Sep 17, 2014 -- On the occasion of the 3rd Festival des Architectures Vives in La Grande Motte, the association Champ Libre sends a call for submissions in order to realize 8 interventions in the La Grande Motte Festival.A second call for submissions is sent in the same time for the interventions in the Montpellier Festival.

The Festival des Architectures Vives has innovated in 2013 by launching its first edition in the city of La Grande Motte. This novelty was a real success and was renewed in 2014. Strong with the craze revealed by the Festival in this city, we decide to continue but also to enlarge the Festival for a third edition, where it will be possible to discover new unexpected territories. A lot of people know La Grande Motte but how many have actually visited it? This city has received the « Patrimoine du XXe siècle» label from the Culture and Communication Ministry and was the first seaside city to obtain it.

A dialogue of architecture between this contemporary heritage and short-lived installations will be set up, allowing people to discover spaces unsuspected in this city. Jean Balladur, architect of La Grande Motte wanted its architecture to reveal its time. In agreement with this vision, the installations will reveal in those chosen places, the value of their history while positioning them in a very real contemporaneousness. To see, to revise, but especially to discover through another look, will be the ambition of the Festival des Architectures Vives in La Grande Motte.

So, La Grande Motte FAV’s objectives are to make the inhabitants discover, during the festival, revisited places for the city and, thanks to creator teams intervention which will present a specific work to every place – to reveal an intimate relationship between contemporary architecture, installation and patrimonial site. Finally, in order to invent, thanks to the seaside position of the city, new floating architecture, creating new landscapes in La Grande Motte.


The Festival des Architectures Vives wishes to answer to the evolution of architectural practice which by integrating all the domains related to its culture, does not hesitate any more to assert itself through realizations. The “Architectures Vives” are short-lived and evolutionary by nature; each time localized, registered in a short temporality and thought for a specific place.

Like augmented reality, they add, transform, reveal a forgotten and invisible space or on the contrary too exposed. Respectful of their environment, they change it in an inhabited environment where the past, the present and even the future are one. The “Architectures Vives” create an environment where the imagination of each and everyone is possible

Refusing the unchanging, during the Festival they question our everyday environment. Targeting a large audience, they offer a sensory adventure, an unconventional glance. They position themselves as a revelator. The “Architectures Vives” are objects of desire, envy and simply wish to find the sense of the pleasure of the place, the city, to offer the sensitive and the tactile, to reposition the Man in the heart of the architecture.

For this 3rd edition of the Festival des Architectures Vives in La Grande Motte, the chosen places are in adequacy with the city. They will permit to feel the urban diversity and wealth of the city. But it is also in a real urban space near the big buildings designed by Jean Balladur, that the “Architectures Vives” will give some rhythm to a real urban tour. Here, the specificity is the proper dimension of the public space which will be the privileged spot of their setting-up.

Every year, the Festival is visited by a large public and in 2014 with the Montpellier and the La Grande Motte editions, not less than 14 000 people.

2       THE FAV 2015 THEMATIC

Theme of FAV 2015: The Tenth Edition

In 2015, the Festival des Architectures Vives will present its 10th edition. We wished this specific time to be the subject of this specific edition. Thus, the theme of 2015 merely will “The Tenth edition”.

The Tenth edition marks a significant step, testify that the FAV lasts over time. It is through a long time that things are built up and take place. Thanks to foundations based on commitment to openness and crossed views, time becomes an essential matter to a coherent path. The Tenth Edition articulates many temporalities, playing on immediacy, spontaneity of the installations presented, of chance encounters, of ephemeral, while constituting common and shared stories, over the years. Thus, for the Tenth Edition, the « Architectures Vives » of ephemeral nature, will combine the materiality of architecture

with a contraction of time, an intensification. They offer an experience in the heart of sensitivity. Unexpected, offbeat, open, destabilizing, welcoming… are as many qualifiers which could be given. There, real experimental fields are open to the architects. Far from the yoke and the cumbersome of daily life, rid of a certain standardized materiality, these ephemeral architectures release themselves giving only way to pleasure of a place well-formed. Experimental, exploration item, highly sensitive space, ephemeral architecture offers in this way unexpected architectural experiences. In a world rid of any formatted ideas consideration, styles and doctrines, the festival only seeks to call out the visitor with its senses. Pleasure so, becomes the purpose of existence.

Through the conception of a highly sensitive space, offered to the ones who take a specific time to it, this “time-space” take place out of frenzy and acceleration to slow down, crate a kind of ukiyo – floating world – the art of capture the ephemeral moment in the Japanese culture. Then, a « timeless » is constituted, linking the physical world and the world of architecture to the mental world even the one of think and of dream, thanks to sensitivity.

From this situation, a paradox appears: the ephemeral which is by definition not supposed to last, thanks to an extreme intensification, build a space which will continue to exist over its physical existence. This is what the FAV aims to build and this will the ambition of the Tenth edition, opening the way to new discoveries.


The consultation is opened to young architects and landscape architects. The objective is to promote the young architecture creation.

Files must reach us by e-mail to PDF format at the following address:

Thank you to specify in the mail title « 2015 FAV applications La Grande Motte ». Submissions candidatures have to be sent by  one PDF file (maximum 10 Mo) or they will be rejected.


+ Submission file of the team, filled according to the example. (Mandatory)

+ Team presentation with Curriculum Vitae of every member (Mandatory) – 1 A4 format by member.

+ Imagery references of architectural realizations, installations, competition (Mandatory)

+ Note of intention towards the Festival des Architectures Vives of La Grande Motte and about theme The Tenth Edition . That note of about one page must explain the concept of the project. An image can be included into the note. (Mandatory)

The results of the selection will be announced in January 2015. A file presenting in detail theme and technical constraints connected to the conception of an intervention (ground, exhibition, visitors, proposition of setting-up presence…) will be sent to the selected candidates. Nevertheless, the exhibition places can be chosen among those which are presented on the website where you can download pictures. 

The team selection will be made only with this application file.


Applications files have to be receipted before:
Friday, December 5th, 2014 at midnight, French Time  (GMT / date of emission of email as attested.)

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