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SAREA Alain Sarfati Architecture – Latest Building

17 Sep 2012
Aqua Leisure Center in Val de Scarpe, Arras, north east France
Design: SAREA Alain Sarfati Architecture
Arras Aquatic Center Building design by SAREA Alain Sarfati Architecture
photo © ADAGP photographe Noelle Hoeppe
Aqua Leisure Center in Val de Scarpe
The Aqua Leisure Center in Val de Scarpe, Arras “puts a new twist on age-old pleasures, like a modern Tivoli”. After Quimper, Béthune, Laon and Bordeaux, S.AREA Alain Sarfati Architecture presents Aquarena.

SAREA Alain Sarfati Architecture – Recent Designs

3 Apr 2012
The French Embassy in Beijing, China
SAREA Alain Sarfati Architecture and GINGER SECHAUD & BOSSUYT
The French Embassy in Beijing design by SAREA Alain Sarfati Architecture
picture © Adagp-photographe Noelle Hoeppe
French Embassy in Beijing
“The very image of French rigor and elegance, the building has come to represent France on Chinese soil. With a garden at its heart, the 20,000m2 embassy consists of the Chancellery, Consulate, diplomatic residence and private apartments of the Ambassador. Innovative functionality and a bioclimatic design are the result of a site-specific architectural approach and the requirements of a changing world.”

4 Apr 2012
The Scarab, France
The Scarab Building
photo © Philippe Ruault
The Scarab
A black base firmly anchored in the soil defines the horizontal from which the pattern of the skyline enters in harmony. It picks up the undulation of the golden drape of the large exhibition hall: stability and mobility are the two architectural dimensions of the Scarab which shimmers under the lights.

Architecture can be a magnet, “a strange magnet”; especially if it concerns a public utility, if the establishment hosts cultural, sporting and economic events or is used quite simply for entertainment. Through its form and radiance and the image it gives out, the place created from symbolic identity becomes a medium of social connection. This is what the Scarab, a creation by ALAIN SARFATI for the Urban Community of Roanne, offers.

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Location: Paris, France

SAREA Alain Sarfati Architecture Practice Information

SAREA Alain Sarfati Architecture

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Alain Sarfati is head of the architectural firm SAREA whose team of professionals have come to be known for their unique approach. Theirs is an attitude far fremoved from rigid dogma, rooted in a commitment to sustainable development and a site-specific approach to building. Architecture is not about utopias, but turning to certain topics or themes that lend originality, making every project one of a kind. The result is always surprising, innovative, attractive and rational – a refuge from complacent modernity. Architecture is in dialogue with the city, nature, the times, speed, the landscape – a firmly-grounded technical and economic approach that is the SAREA hallmark.

In its early days, SAREA made a name for itself with large building projects in new towns such as the Coteaux de Maubuée housing district with some 1,500 apartments in Marne la Vallée; the Epinettes district in Evry; Savigny-le-Temple in Sénart; les Eguérets housing in Cergy; and the Villaroy commercial center in Saint Quentin. The firm went on to sign several other large projects such as the Archive Center in Roubaix (1993), the National Theater of Toulouse (1998), the Aquarive swimming pool in Quimper (1991), the Judaïque swimming pool in Bordeaux (2001), a swimming pool/skating rink in Laon (2002), Arthur Rimbaud High School in Amiens (2003), the restructuration of the convention center in Perpignan (2001) and a major urban planning project in Orléans (2002).

Over the course of the years, the firm has won several competitions for major projects such as the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Air and Space Museum in Bourget, a stadium in Saint-Denis, the French Pavilion at the World’s Fair in Seville, and the Bercy gardens in Paris.

Winner of the Melun Sénart Central Area competition, Alain Sarfati saw his work on National Route 7 as an opportunity to rethink public spaces and speed; the transformation of rue de la République in Lyon and the development of the boulevard de l’Impératrice in Brussels serve as poignant examples. More recently, the development of the Bel-Air neighborhood of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, following on from the Manin Jaurès urbal renewal project in Paris, brought fresh insight to the way cities and housing are conceived.

Today, this new way of thinking about cities is opening doors to new ways of creating an improved urban environment that is both multifunctional and in synch with a dynamic, modern world. Research is focusing more on simplifying the way people get around and reducing their day to day travel time.

In some exceptional cases, skyrises may offer a viable solution.
Alain Sarfati has developed a “mixed” concept that optimizes the way housing and office buildings are arranged in an urban setting. Energy savings are a top priority, achieved by looking to orientation and the choice of building materials as guiding principles.

In 2004, Alain Sarfati and SAREA won the competiton to build the new French embassy in Beijing. Other recent projects include The Scarab, a multifunctinal events and commercial center in Roanne, swimming pools in Arras and Béthune, university buildings in Jussieu and Assas, and the renovation of a detention center in Fleury Mérogis.

Architect Monographs


Topiques/Topics, Alain Sarfati, Paul Ardenne, Le Layeur, Paris, 2005

Alain Sarfati, La preuve par neuf, François Lamarre, Le Layeur, Paris, 2005

Alain Sarfati, un architecte en trois dimensions, Odille Fillion, Marie-France Azar, Philippe Boudon, Michel Conan, Jean- Pierre Epron, Patrice Goulet, François Lamarre, Francis Rambert, Le Layeur, Paris, 1997

D’un stade à deux, histoire du projet de Grand Stade Sarfati-Quillery, Francis Rambert, Le Layeur, Paris, 1995

Alain Sarfati, texte de Francis Rambert, collection Gros plan n°14, Institut français d’architecture, Paris, 1994

Alain Sarfati, Martin Meade, Philippe Boudon, Michel Conan, Alain Sarfati, Le Moniteur, Paris, 1990

Alain Sarfati Intérieur Ville, Hubert Tonka, Les éditions du demi-cercle, Paris, 1989

Centre de long séjour hôpital Louis Mourier Colombes, Alain Sarfati, Les éditions du demi-cercle, Paris, 1988

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