High Agoraa study conducted by the architect Jean-Christophe Quinton. (1) together with engineers from the Bollinger + Grohmann office, proposes an exhibition that explores the potential of large structures to accommodate human activities. The project simultaneously combines and imagines new technical systems that are more virtuous, more economical in terms of materials and a study for a greater diversity of uses of space in high-rise buildings.
Chis research, initiated a year ago, brings together the resources of architecture and engineering, of measurement and space, of verticality and the potential environments it generates. It translates into a geometry that is capable and adaptable without end, whose structure pushes back the classical constructive limits. It is supported only from the ground by thirty centimetre-thick concrete walls, High Agora nevertheless manages to rise to seven hundred metres and frees up the space.
By using less material, the tower also releases more potential. To demonstrate this capacity, the team invited a hundred other architects to invest in the volumes. Bold lifestyles, new civilities, new fictional and functional relationships, parks, or water purification devices - the proposed programs demonstrate the capacity of this High Agora to reexamine ways of looking at high-rise buildings.
Through sketches, models, calculations, technical drawings, as well as a document more than 20 metres long detailing the uses on the different floors and virtual reality experiences, the exhibition offers visitors a complete immersion in the heart of this ambitious, stimulating and collaborative research project.
In welcoming the High AgoraThe Pavillon de l'Arsenal pursues a programming open to research and in particular to project-based research in order to raise prospective questions and issues in the discourse of architecture that are in dialogue with contemporary issues.
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(1) Jean-Christophe Quinton, born in 1972, is an architect who graduated from the Paris-Belleville School.
Laureate of the New Albums of Young Architects in 2003/2004, mentioned in the Chernikov Prize in 2010, Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters and of the Order of Academic Palms, he is the Director of the National Superior School of Architecture of Versailles since 2015. The singularity of his architecture lies in the simple and expressive figures linking matter and writing, use and form, architecture and its environment. His work covers subjects of different scales and complexities: collective housing and individual houses, public and cultural facilities, scenographies, microarchitectures, through public and private commissions or international competitions.
The monograph of his work Vers l'immédiat étrangeté des formes was awarded the Grand Prix du livre d'architecture de Briey in 2017.
Exhibition presented from 27 February to 31 March 2019 at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, 21 Boulevard Morland - 75004 - Paris