Scenographies of Siren'Scape - A Manifesto of Friction in Space

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A P P L I C AT I O N F O R T H E C O N C E P T I O N O F T H E LU X E M B O U R G PAV I L I O N AT 1 8 T H V E N I C E A R C H I T E C T U R E B I E N N A L E

SCENOGRAPHIES OF SIREN’SCAPE A MANIFESTATION OF FRICTION IN SPACE

BY TEAM NEMO


SCENOGRAPHIES OF SIREN’SCAPE A MANIFESTATION OF FRICTION IN SPACE •

BY TEAM NEMO


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_ 1 • T E A M P R E S E N TAT I O N • What we do • Our philosophy • CV‘s and reference projects of team members

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_2• PROJECT PROPOSAL • Text • Visualization

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_3• PROVISIONAL BUDGET _4• WORK SCHEDULE


SCENOGRAPHIES OF SIREN’SCAPE • PROPOSAL FOR THE 18TH VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE

Important Note: The name of our collective is TEAM NEMO. As the application form only gave the options of handing the project in as a private person or as a company, (which requires, among other things, a company registration number and the latest balance sheet statement) and as Team Nemo does not yet have a legal form at this very moment, we decided together that Point Nemo Publishing Sarl is submitting this application. Point Nemo Publishing Sarl is a member of the collective but is not the entity to be put forward in communication, press etc. The latter is called, as indicated, Team Nemo and is made up of the people whose exact list you will find in the attached documentation alphabetically. TEAM NEMO are:

Anna Valentiny (Architect & Publisher, LU) – Project Leader & Contact to KulturLX Contact: anna.valentiny@hotmail.com - +352 621 500257

Eleni Boutsika-Palles (Architect & Scenographer), based in Austria Ian de Toffoli (Publisher & Writer), based in Luxembourg Nikolas Ettel (Architect & Intermedia artist), based in Hong Kong Jeanne Petesch (Architect), based in Luxembourg Laurye Pexoto (Architect), based in Luxembourg

Laurye

Laurye Ian

Laurye Anna

Eleni

Jeanne

Nik

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TEAM NEMO • 1) TEAM PRESENTATION

What we do: TEAM NEMO is a transdisciplinary collective formed by a striving group of friends and young professionals. For the Venice Biennale TEAM NEMO brings together expertise in text, design, sound and video to develop a multi-layered project. Some of us shared for many years a self-chosen home in Vienna (Austria) where we met as students in the various classes of the Akademie der Bildenden Künste from architecture to scenography. Years later Anna Valentiny took over the editorial board of the magazine ADATO and with Eleni Palles & Nikolas Ettel joining the team as co-authors, the publication found its most critical voices and persistent story tellers. Today and together with Jeanne Petesch & Laurye Pexoto, both partners at Valentiny hvp Architects, we think and build architecture & urbanism in Luxembourg and abroad. In 2020 Point Nemo. Publishing was founded, it’s first book project being “40 Years of VA” with Ian de Toffoli writing the Stories from the Inside. For Scenographies of Siren’Scape, Ian will find once more the right words to tell a long and complex story in an intelligent and entertaining way.

Our philosophy: We believe that true innovation of thought and image emerges when the limits of disciplines are pushed to the extremes. A totally new creation may take shape in cross-media language, when the neighbouring and the distant become conglomerate.


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Anna Valentiny earned a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in 2018. Her thesis project, “Hortus Alienum – Scenographies of Nobody‘s Voyage”, can be read as the culmination of her overlapping interests in writing, design and the curation of thoughts through narration. Before her appointment as chief editor of ADATO in 2017, Anna worked for the Zürich-based architecture magazine archithese. Her most recent endeavor, Point Nemo Publishing, was launched in March of 2020. Anna lives and works as an architect, publisher and editor in Luxemboug and Brussels. For more projects >> www.annavalentiny.com

CV

Since 2020

Founder & Director of Point Nemo Publishing

Since 2018

Architect at Valentiny hvp Architects

2018

Master of Architecture with distinction, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, ( Prof. Wolfgang Tschapeller & Prof. Dr. August Sarnitz)

Since 2017

Chief Editor of ADATO

2016/2017

Study Assistant, Photography and Publications, IKA, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

2016

Internship archithese, Zürich, CH

2015

Bachelor of Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna,

(Prof. Nasrine Saraji)

2014 Sculpture Class, Summer Academy Salzburg, Prof. Peter Niedertscheider 2013/2014 Scenography Class, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, (Prof. Anna Viebrock) 2009

Internship Luxemburger Wort, LU

2010

Secondary school diploma, Section G : Human and social sciences Lycee Aline Mayrisch, Luxemburg

2009

Internship Luxemburger Wort, daily newspaperLuxemburg

1991

Born in Luxemburg

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TEAM NEMO • 1) ANNA VALENTINY (ARCHITECT & PUBLISHER)

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PUBLISHER Point Nemo’s name is derived from the so called „pole of inaccessibility located about 2,688 kilometers from the nearest coasts. One might think that Point Nemo is a pretty lonely place at the world’s end… The opposite is the case, because down here, in the depths of the unknown, new lands are growing steady and persistently. On Point Nemo, space ships and satellites return home, shaping humankind’s narratives of the future. True innovation of thought and image emerges when the limits of disciplines are pushed to the extremes. A totally new creation may take shape in cross-media language, when the neighboring and the distant become conglomerate. EDITOR 40 VALENTINY HVP ARCHITECTS STORIES FROM THE INSIDE 1 Boxs-5 Books Pages : 2 150 Format: 488 x 290 mm Langues : EN/FR/DE ISBN: 978-2-9199670-9-4

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WINNER OF A SPECIAL MENTION GERMAN DESIGN AWARD 2022 WINNER OF THE LETZEBUERGER BUCHPRÄIS

WRITER CONCEPT ADATO THEMATIC BOOK SERIES

Flicker through ADATO “Architecture & Medicine”

ADATO is a thematic book series for architectural positions by young professionals, designers and theorists. ADATO creates a place for speculation, research and exploration. ADATO fosters a post-disciplinary discourse, and thrives through the global scale of its editorial network. ADATO encourages change. In the form of essays, interviews, reportages or Werkschau, ADATO is practicing and thinking about architecture in relation to neighbouring fields such as fine arts, film, and theatre, yet always within the socio-political context of the spheres we share. PUBLISHER UNTER DER HOHEN BRÜCKE DIGGING IN A DITCH WRITING FOR A PLACE Author: Ella Felber ISBN: 978-2-9199670-0-1 Pages: 208 Format: 135x210mm Languages: EN/DE Publication Date: Novembre 2021

Listen to Anna’s interview with Ella Felber

This publication is an experiment. It consists of multiple attempts to construct a place within architecture and poetry, as an exception of the distinction. In a case study – a reading – of „Tiefer Graben/Hohe Brücke“, various writings assemble in this book. While digging in this place, an essay, a sequence of encounters, and a sketchbook arise: a reflective investigation, directed explorations and raw, intimate approaches.

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Eleni Boutsika Palles holds a Diploma in Architecture from the NTU AThens and a Diploma in Scenography from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Her professional experience includes collaborations with theaters and filmmakers, landscape architects and urbanists, as her work investigates the cross-pollination of architecture, scenography and urbanism. Since 2018 she is a member of the editorial board of the magazine ADATO and since 2019 University Assistant at the Institute for Architectural Theory at the University of Innsbruck, where she is also pursuing a PhD.

For more projects >> www.elenipalles.com

CV

Since 2019

University Assistant, Institute for Architectural Theory, University of Innsbruck (AT)

2019-2020

Guest Lecturer at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Master programme Social Design

Since 2018

Member of the editorial Team of ADATO

2016-2018

Architect at ).( bauchplan Lanschaftsarchitektur (AT)

2015

Diploma in Scenogrpahy, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Prof. Erich Wonder and Prof. Anna Viebrock

Since 2013

Freelance Scenographer - collaborations among others with: Burgtheater Wien, Theater in der Josefstadt, Werk-X, Festspielhaus Baden Baden, Filmakademie Wien, Weltmuseum Vienna, Natural History Museum Vienna, Art for Art, aut_Architektur & Tirol, Brunnenpassage Wien, dieAngewandte Wien, Erich Wonder, Bernhard Hammer, Raimund Voigt, Peter Baur, Daniela Kerk, Kathrin Lea Tag.

2010-2013 Architect Ortner&Ortner Baukunst, Wien, Lomografische AG, Wien, SWZT Architekten, Wien 2009

Diploma in Architecture, National Technical University of Athens

2004-2008

Architect Studio dARCH Elina Drossou (GR), Giorgos Triantafullou Architects (GR)

1983

Born in Athens, Greece

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TEAM NEMO • 1) ELENI PALLES (ARCHITECT & SCENOGRAPHER)

COMMON GROUND exhibition as format to communicate architectural research designed and executed together with Verena Rauch, Walter Prernner, Xotil Natke

Walk through Eleni’s exhibition

aut_ Architektur und Tirol February 2022

HOW DOES THE CITY MOVE YOU? urban research through the moving image installation, film & text by Eleni Palles sound design by Christoph Bus shown in aut_ Architektur und Tirol as part of the exhibition Potenziale3 October 2021

MA16_FOR A LIVING MONUMENT investigation of the inscription of memory and history in public space urban scenography and performance in collaboration with tangent.COLLABORATIONS, Wienwoche and with the support of the City of Vienna Discover the project for Wienwoche 2021

Karlsplatz Vienna September 2021

OUR PLACE IN SPACE a glimpse into the near future - a speculative narrative about our relationship with obsolete technology script, production design & cinematography in collaboration with Anna Lerchbaumer Watch Eleni’s video installation

sound design by Peter Kutin Museum of Natural History Vienna June 2018

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Ian De Toffoli , born in 1981 in Luxembourg to an Italian-Luxembourgish family, is a writer, playwright and academic. He is the author of plays, a doctoral thesis defended at the Sorbonne-Paris IV University, La Réception du latin et de la culture antique dans l’œuvre de Claude Simon, Pascal Quignard et Jean Sorrente, published by Éditions Honoré Champion, and about thirty scientific articles and literary contributions in international journals and books. He writes in several languages, but mainly in French. His plays have been performed, published and translated in several European countries. In France, they are published by Éditions Espace d’un instant, notably Trilogie du Luxembourg (2022). In Germany, they are published by Drei Masken Verlag and in Italy by Editoria & Spettacolo. Ian De Toffoli is an associate artist at the Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. He is also a lecturer at the University of Luxembourg and the artistic director of the publishing house Hydre Editions.

For more projects >> www.iandetoffoli.com

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2022-2026

Associate artist at the Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

Since 2018

Lecturer at the University of Luxembourg, in the Institute of Luxem bourg Language and Literature, the Institute of English Studies, and the Institute of Romance Studies, Media and Arts.

2018

Writer’s residency at the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin

2013-2018

Post-doc teacher-researcher and at the University of Luxembourg, within the Institute of Luxembourg Language and Literature.

2012

Founds the multilingual literary publishing house Hydre Editions

2012

Author in residence at the Théâtre national du Luxembourg

2011

Doctorate in French Literature Studies at the Université Paris IV-Sor bonne. First class honours with congratulations of the jury

1993-2000

Lycée Robert Schuman Luxembourg

1981

Born

NOTABLE PLAYS •Confini (Teatro della Tosse Genoa, Campania Teatro Festival, Ravenna Festival, Théâtre national du Luxembourg, 2021) •Terres arides (Théâtres du Centaure, 2021 ; official selection Festival d’Avignon OFF 2022) •AppHuman (Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg & Théâtre de Liège, 2020) •Tiamat (Théâtre du Centaure & Centre d’art dramatique NEST Thionville, 2018) •Rumpelstilzchen (Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, 2017)

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TEAM NEMO • 1) IAN DE TOFFOLI (PUBLISHER & WRITER)

APPHUMAN Ian De Toffoli’s last major play, AppHuman, about machine ethics and self-driving cars, has been staged in Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany, received the Förderpreis at the Science and Theatre Festival, coproduced by the experimenta and the Theater Heilbronn. The play asks pivotal questions about the technological turn our western societies have taken. Premiered in November 2020 A coproduction by Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Théâtre de Liège

CONFINI The publication of the play Confini – written in three languages (French, Italian, Luxembourgish) for the Italian theatre company ErosAntEros, and which has been touring through Italy since 2021 – by the renowned publishing house Editoria & Spettacolo, is a major breakthrough in Ian De Toffoli’s international and Italian career. ISBN: 9788832068320 182 pages Publication date: July 2021

HYDRE EDITIONS

You can find the whole catalogue here

In 2012, Ian De Toffoli founded the multilingual literary publishing house Hydre Editions, named after the multiheaded dragon of the Greek mythology. It publishes novels, short stories, and plays by a young uprising generation of Luxembourgish authors, whose books have received numerous awards in the last years.

LECTURER Ian De Toffoli holds a PhD in French and Luxembourgish literature, and aside from his teaching activities at the University of Luxembourg, is regularly invited to hold public conferences about themes such as interculturality in contemporary literature, European drama history, or the presence of myth in modern theatre.

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Nikolas Ettel is an intermedia researcher and Lecturer in The University of Hong Kong‘s Faculty of Architecture. He coordinates the Faculty Interdisciplinary Courses and teaches the Common Core Course 24 Frames: Communicating Ideas through Film. Previously, he has taught design and theory courses in Macau, Shanghai, and Tokyo. He is a Dr.techn. Candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, where his on-going dissertation ‘The Architectural Parallels’ explores film as analytical practice. His current research is shared in a TEDx talk (HKU, 2021), and has been exhibited and published internationally including Dezeen, South China Morning Post, Der Standard, et.al. Nik’s latest exhibition Alleys in Wonderland (PMQ, 2019 + City Gallery, 2021), a Design Trust Seed Grant awarded VR-project about the Pearl River Delta‘s creative back alley occupations, was displayed at the Hong Kong Pavilion for the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale 2021. Born in Vienna, he received his BArch from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, and a Master of Arts (Architectural History) from The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. He holds an ir.Arch from The Austrian Chamber of Commerce, and has practiced in architectural offices in Vienna and Munich - involved in projects ranging from multi-scale data centers to an underground station. Since 2018, he is editorial board member of ADATO, a Luxembourg based art and architecture magazine; and Unforeseen Circumstances, a peer-reviewed For more projects >> www.nikolasettel.com

CV Since 2022

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy Advance HE, United Kingdom

Since 2020

Doctor of Technical Sciences Candidate (Dr.techn.) Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Since 2018

Lecturer Department of Architecture / Division of Landscape Architecture The University of Hong Kong

Since 2018

Member of the editorial Team of ADATO

2017-2018

Research / Teaching Assistant Cities in Asia Summer Programme HKU Shanghai Study Centre & Meiji University Nakano Campus Tokyo

2017

Visiting Lecturer Department of Architecture and Design University of Saint Joseph Macau

2016

Master of Arts in Architectural History (MA AH) The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London

2011-2015

Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

2011-2014

Junior Architect Office Nusser - MECT&T GmbH Vienna

2004- 2010

Engineer EQF Level 6 (ir.Arch.) Polytechnic Institute HTBLuVA Camillo Sitte Vienna The Austrian Chamber of Commerce

1990

Born in Vienna, Austria

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TEAM NEMO • 1) NIKOLAS ETTEL (INTERMEDIA ARTIST)

TEDx SPEAKER Marvel at Uselessness: There’s Something Beyond What We See, Yuet Ming Auditorium, The University of Hong Kong, Nov 6 2021 Date of release: Jan 10 2022

Watch Nik’s TED Talk

This talk gives insights to new observational approaches to discover quirky, random urban leftovers. In TEDxHKU, Nikolas takes us on a journey through Hong Kong to explore and marvel at functionless structures. Media coverage: South China Morning Post Online + Printed: 350k TEDx Youtube Channel Online: 34,8 Mio.

Walk through the “Alleys in Wonderland”

CURATOR Alleys in Wonderland Contracted research with 360-degree filming and Virtual Reality public events. The research looks into the relationship between space and activity, definition and restriction, connectivity and necessity. Digital tools are used to examine the oddities of alleyways in today’s Hong Kong and Macau urban fabric to seek traces of metropolitan life. The output is presented in a public VR installation at PMQ, several exhibitions in Venice + Hong Kong, a webinar, numerous publications and a website. >> https://alleysinwonderland.com

INTERMEDIA ARTIST Take Me to the Alley (still) Multimedia installation with 3D LiDAR Scanning tools, color, silent. Duration: 1 min. In collaboration with Dr. Fan Xue & Ms. Yijie Wu, Faculty of Architecture HKU.

Immerse into the Exhibition

Nik’s work at the 17th Venice Biennale

Thicket of Ideas - Thicket of Time: Academy in dialogue with Raqs Media Collective Curated by Stephanie Damianitsch & Raqs Media Collective Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Exhibit Gallery 09.10.2021 - 29.01.2022

EXHIBITOR 17th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition Hong Kong, Alleys in Wonderland for Redistribution: Land, People and Environment Chief-Curator: Donald Choi, The Hong Kong Institute of Architects Biennale Foundation & Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Hong Kong Institute of Architects, Hong Kong Pavilion, Castello 2126-30122, Venice, Italy, 22.05. – 21.11.2021 The Hong Kong Collateral Event of the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale, City Gallery, Central Hong Kong, 20.10. - 15.12.2021

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Jeanne Petesch came to Valentiny hvp architects in 2009 after finishing her Master’s degree in Brussels. In 2013 she was offered a partnership which she gratefully accepted. In 2015 Jeanne joined the management of VA. While her first projects in the office were mainly characterized by competitions from school buildings to opera houses, Jeanne‘s everyday life is currently shaped equally by projects that she leads as by management tasks ranging from finances to human resources.

For more projects >> http://www.valentinyarchitects. com/studio/directors-associates/jeanne-petesch

CV

Since 2015

Managing Director at Valentiny hvp architects (LU)

Since 2013

Partner at Valentiny hvp architects (LU)

Since 2010

Architect in the Ordre des Architectes et des Ingénieurs Conseils (Order of Architects and Consulting Engineers) (LU)

Since 2009

Employee at Valentiny hvp architects, back then Hermann Valentiny et Associés (LU)

2009

“Master en Architecture” at Institut Victor Horta (BE)

2004–2009

Institut Victor Horta (BE) 2007 Bachelor at Institut Victor Horta (BE)

2004 Diplôme de fin d’études at the Lycée Hubert Clément in Esch/Alzette (LU) 1997–2004

Lycée Hubert Clément in Esch/Alzette (LU)

1991–1997

Dellhéicht primary school in Esch/Alzette (LU)

1984

Born in Luxembourg City

LEAD ON FOLLOWING PROJECTS • Single family houses in Bech-Kleinmacher, Dudelange, Gonderange, Remich, Bereldange, Grevenmacher • Center Mosellan à Ehnen • Hotel complex in Gasperich • Residence for the Fonds de Logement in Grevenmacher • Bistrot Italien with apartment in Schwebsange COMPETITIONS: • • • • • • • • •

ESM offices on Kirchberg New Seat of the Post in Luxembourg Concert Hall in Nuremberg Yekaterinburg Philharmonic Hall Eurobahnhof district in Saarbrücken Water Tower in Gasperich HTW in Saarbrücken HfM Saar à Saarbrücken International School in Luxembourg

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TEAM NEMO • 1) JEANNE PETESCH (ARCHITECT)

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AN EXHIBITION SPACE IN AN UNIQUE ENVIRONNMENT CENTRE NATURE ET FORÊT BIODIVERSUM CAMILLE GIRA

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Location: Remerschen (Luxembourg) Client: Administration des Bâtiments Public Year: 2004-2016

The Biodiversum in the nature reserve Haff Réimech is an elaborate timber construction. It combines frame constructions with a mesh grid of planks. Together they form two opposing halfshells – just like an inverted boat. The facade covering consists of untreated and rough-cut Alaskan cedar shingles. This covering, together with the organic looking shape of the longhouse, determines the ensemble‘s character. Since Fall 2014, the building exists on the small peninsula on the ponds, merging its environment in shape and material, as if it had always been there. The Biodiversum fulfils among others the function of exhibition space, sensitizing children and teenagers but also grown-ups for ecology, the conservation of nature and environment.

DEVELOPING A THEMED SPACE OR WINE AND ARCHITECTURE CENTRE MOSELLAN

Location: Ehnen (Luxembourg) Client: Administration des Bâtiments Public Year: 2005Learn more about this project

The Centre Mosellan in Ehnen is an extension and conversion project. The project consists of a complex of various old buildings with an important architectural history. Within the framework of the project, the existing buildings will be partially reconstructed and renovated with an adjacent new building added to the historic complex. This new museum for Ehnen is developed to stage a themed space all around the topic of the regional wine production – a tasting bar is established on the first floor of the new building while an exhibition parcours is developed together with a team of scenographers.

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Laurye Pexoto always liked numbers and looking for solutions to all kinds of problems. At the same time she was very responsive to art. Becoming an architect was the best way to reconcile all these passions. Today whatever the project, Laurye always gives her all and works her best to meet the client’s expectations. She comments the essence of Valentiny hvp Architects’ works the following: Since the very start and over many years, our architecture developed a strong language – always different, answering it’s function and location, yet recognizable. This strength is sometimes its weakness, but it is our identity. For more projects >> http://www.valentinyarchitects. com/studio/directors-associates/laurye-pexoto

CV

October 17, 2018

10x6 Architecture : Les architectes luxembourgeois qui s’exportent

Since 2015

Managing Director at Valentiny hvp architects (LU)

Since 2015

Architect in the Ordre des Architectes et des Ingénieurs Conseils (Order of Architects and Consulting Engineers) (LU)

Since 2013

Partner at Valentiny hvp architects (LU)

Since 2008

Employee at Valentiny hvp architects, back then Hermann Valentiny et Associés (LU)

2003–2009

Licence & Master at Ecole d‘Architecture de Nancy (F)

1999-2002

Lycée Hélène Boucher in Thionville (F)

1995–1999

Collège La Milliaire in Thionville (F)

1984

Born in Thionville (F)

LEAD ON FOLLOWING PROJECTS • Senior residence Jardins de Schengen - Luxembourg • Office building KPMG, Kirchberg - Luxembourg • Esplanade of Remich - Luxembourg • Transformation of the Gare Routière in Remich - Luxembourg • Office building Bijou, Cloche d’Or - Luxembourg • Le Monarque - residential building, Metz - France • Office building The Waves, Kirchberg - Luxembourg • Hotel complex project, Gasperich - Luxembourg • Office building Le Trèfle, Cloche d’Or - Luxembourg • Banded houses and residential building in Strassen - Luxembourg • Multifunctional Complex, Lot 44, Central Square Belval - Luxembourg • CIPA extension - Competition, Hesperange - Luxembourg • Single and two-family houses in Remerschen, Ellange and Bech-Kleinmahcer - Luxembourg

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TEAM NEMO • 1) LAURYE PEXOTO (ARCHITECT)

OFFICES FOR MORE THAN 1.600 WORKERS KPMG LUXEMBOURG HEARTQUATERS Location: Luxembourg-Kirchberg (LU) Client: Fk Property Sarl Year: 2010–2015

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The office building of KPMG located on the Kirchberg plateau was designed as a landmark to the tram and car-drivers passing by on the avenue John F. Kennedy. The Corten steel facade marks the first layer of separation between public and private. In the inside the complex fathoming between public and semi-public spaces is redefined every day: Most of the workplaces within this modern office building are flexibly designed. This way the working space changes on a daily basis. In this way, an ever moving spatial and inter-human environment takes shape.

LIBRARY FOR MORE THAN 6.700 STUDENTS LUXEMBOUR LEARNING CENTER

Location: Esch-Belval (Luxembourg) Client: Le Fonds Belval Year: 2008–2018 Learn more about this project

Today Esch is going through an extensive re-evaluation programme. Its western periphery Esch-Belval was developed from a former industrial park into the Cité des Sciences - campus to the university of Luxembourg with the Learning Centre (LLC) as its university library. The LLC is developed within the skeleton of the former Möllerhalle. The obsolete core of the building was removed and the outer skin was dismantled. After defining the functions, developing on different levels around a staircase and big open space in the middle of the structure, the biggest challenge was to define an optimal relation between transparency and exchange for group works (between seeing and being seen) & the protection from gazes and noises in intimate working areas.

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PRIX SPÉCIAL DU JURY (MAÎTRE D’OUVRAGE PUBLIC) FONDS BELVAL


SCENOGRAPHIES OF SIREN’SCAPE • PROPOSAL FOR THE 18TH VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE

1. THE NARRATIVE - A story about a future past Not so long ago, this city rapidly expanded and merged its suburbs and later the surrounding rural fabric into an uncontrollable ever- growing mass of twisted cityscapes. Using the traces of the past and overlapping the data gathered by our dear colleagues from the ground task - we’ve learned to read Siren’s city. By walking the remains of the winding streets above the valleys and sandstone plateaus, we start to understand the ruling dynamics of previous times. It seems easy to say that what some might consider a loss was predictable. Others might call it “only a logical consequence”… well, the image of today was certainly not intended. If we believe our eyes and the interpretations of our specialists, it seems that, back then, they all tried very hard to fight the machine code that is still ruling today - a grinding monster of regulations, manuals, and codices to hold what cannot be preserved - urban change. Excerpt from the archaeologist’s logbook on Siren's Landscape (Siren’Scape).

2. BACKGROUND Luxembourg's well-known origin myth goes back to Count Siegfried. According to the legend, he fell in love with Melusina and married her on the condition of a special viewing taboo on which he is not allowed to see her during her Saturday’s bath rituals. In various versions, Melusina becomes the source of his prestige and wealth, until Count Siegried breaks the viewing taboo, peeks through the keyhole, and sees his beautiful wife’s secret fish tail. Melusina, realising what had happened, vanished into the river and was never seen again. Melusina’s myth not only drills on the archaeological site of the Bockfiels, but more importantly, it is the very act of risking new viewpoints. This provides new insights to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, which has experienced exceptional economic development over the past three decades and continues to have undeniable effects on Luxembourg’s territory, particularly in regards to spatial planning. Here, four sectoral plans “reserve” land for the future which tries to guarantee a quality of life in an environment of dynamic socio-economic and demographic development. The sectoral plans, put into function by the Ministry of Energy and Regional Planning are supported on municipal level by the PAG (Plan d'aménagement général - general development plan) und PAP (Plan d’aménagement particulier - special development plan), for new or existing development and the building, public road and site regulations. By risking a humorous look through various keyholes, the exhibition offers unusual angles on this story, and brings the spectator into a new world of spatial storytelling. This motif of forbidden portals, opening up concrete and fictional viewpoints regarding the same topic, is manifested in Scenographies of Siren’Scape.

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TEAM NEMO • 2) PROJECT PROPOSAL

3. THE EXHIBITION CONCEPT The proposed exhibition Scenographies of Siren’Scape translates seemingly endless pages of design rules, distance regulations, volume recommendations, material specifications and regionally authentic plaster colour collections - in short: building codes - into a walkable mixed media experience. Through different portals, the exhibition opens a discourse about past/present/future building practices. This format challenges the visitors’ perception of spatial planning and urban development and reveals new possibilities for sensing and imagining city life. The exhibition aims to develop a deeper understanding of what it means to describe the built environment in terms of authenticity, temporality, life cycles, and ever- changing living standards. Hence, following the narrative, we can learn from these archaeological remains and recreate an urban archaeology for future generations. The story begins with actual physical remains and unfolds throughout the exhibition into the current , potential, and speculative future past(s) of Luxembourg.

4. DESCRIPTION OF THE EXPERIENCE Our proposed installation is perceived and designed as a performative apparatus that guides the visitors through the narrative and facilitates immersive experiences. One can walk around a series of abstracted facades, that through the use of VR and sound transform, thus extending the viewer‘s perception of the physical space and inviting them to immerse into a spatiotemporal palimpsest. Within the Sal d’Armi, the physical walk-in installation will be the starting point for the unfolding of the four chapters of the narrative. Its design will include physical and digital elements and their combination will open ‘portals’ into Luxembourg’s built fabric The story is told from the perspective of a future archaeologist's logbook and written by Ian de Toffoli together with the input of the curational team. Divided into three sections - „Thresholds'', „Streets“ and „Signs“ - the installation recreates this future urban absurdity through maps, historical documents, artefacts, mixing real-world scenarios with imaginary agents, and on-site events.

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PHYSICAL LAYER_ the performative apparatus guides the visitors though the narrative and facilitates the immersive experience

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