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Discover Benelux | Special Theme | Innovative Architecture
Ageless and diverse Characterised by their critical and analytical approach to every new project, Terreneuve Architects has established itself as a leading entity in the world of architecture. Based in Paris and operating internationally, the solid, talented team welcome us into their universe. TEXT: BETTINA GUIRKINGER | PHOTOS: TERRENEUvE ARCHITECTES
For Olivier Fraisse, co-founder of Terreneuve, repetition is not an option. “We strive to keep every project original. In this sense we do not define our work as a ‘style’, but rather an ‘attitude’ towards our architectural assignments.” What truly sets Terreneuve apart is the team-approach adopted by founders Fraisse and Nelly Breton. “Our personalities are very different and yet complementary,” Breton says. Not surprisingly, this winning formula has brought the architectural firm several nationally and
French lyceum Jean Mermoz, Dakar, Senegal.
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internationally recognised awards such as the Grand Prix AFEX 2012 of French architecture for their design of the French lyceum of Dakar, Senegal.
completely with their surroundings, in other it means blending in effortlessly while retaining an element of originality,” says Fraisse.
In and out of context
By working in a critical and analytical way, the duo transforms the ideas on paper to a full-scale reality, with a structure that responds to all security and urban norms and yet has personality and soul. “We want our buildings to claim their place in their direct and extended context as well. While in some cases that means breaking
The team at Terreneuve is proud to have gained the trust of their international clients to deliver high-quality projects in places such as sub-Saharan Africa. Be it in the construction of the French Embassy in Kenya or the French lyceum in Senegal, Fraisse highlights how much being in a new surrounding inspires them to explore
Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and France.