Patrick Bouchain: for a cultural, scientific and joint approach towards architecture
The site, place of know-how and exchanges
Patrick Bouchain confirms that he only supervises one site at a time, so that he can maintain close and successful relations with the owner. There is a very large plywood mock-up on site accessible to everyone, that is continuously updated. "The site is an important and experimental moment in itself", says the architect. It is an adventure, a time for discovery and a place for sharing knowledge that it should be possible to use as such. "My sites are open to the public at a very early stage", he says. In order to offer something more than a simple visit, the traditional prefabricated site hut is transformed into a multipurpose room designed to include a small restaurant and armchairs in which professionals, and also councilors, local inhabitants, students and families can hold their meetings and can come for refreshment and information. "All active persons on the site must present some of their specific know-how at least once. For example, an acoustic engineer will hold a conference for local inhabitants to explain what a reduction in decibels means; a plumber will explain how to make a gutter; other competent persons will deal with more global subjects such as sustainable development or the HQE (High Environmental Quality) standard."