Françoise-Hélène Jourda: "Towards a responsible architecture"
Françoise-Hélène Jourda believes that a building should be the result of research carried out involving everyone concerned including project management and users throughout the project design process. The final result is not the consequence of preconceptions and an isolated architect, but rather the concerted result of interrogations about local resources: "I don't know what my buildings will look like when I am working on them, I refuse to ask the question in stylistic terms, she says. Preparing for a competition is a difficult experience, because perspectives have to be shown. Consequently, the images that I present are illustrations rather than images of the building. These illustrations tell a story. But they are never an accurate depiction of the building. That is impossible until all the work has been done!"
Everything remains to be invented
In broadening the matrix of design criteria for a project so that it is not restricted to a statement of the form, uses and function, so-called sustainable architecture confuses plastic reference data. "Architecture is changing, says Françoise-Hélène Jourda. In a way, everything still has to be done." Obviously, today's aesthetic recognised criteria are not the same as they will be tomorrow. Under these conditions, only the meaning genuinely deserves consideration by Françoise-Hélène Jourda who also offers advice in sustainable development to technical commissions or local communities. In other words, relevance comes before form.
This search for meaning is expressed in a very wide variety of programs: a detached house in Lyon, for which a stretched fabric type umbrella covers an economic dwelling made of plywood, a botanical museum in Bordeaux in which large shotcrete pebbles introduce the visitor to a space dedicated to nature as he arrives, or an ultra-compact zero-energy office building in the Seine Saint-Denis Department (Paris suburbs). But Françoise-Hélène Jourda really got her basic training and experience between 1992 and 1999, with the manifest project of the Ministry of the Interior Training Academy in Herne-Sodingen, Germany. A large greenhouse clad with 10,000 sq m of photovoltaic cells shelters elements of the program, naturally recreating a micro-climate with an annual temperature curve similar to Nice, financed partly through European funds. The greenhouse structure is made entirely of seasoned wood cut from the nearby forest, while the assembly generates a peak of 1 MW for a very positive energy balance.