For almost 50 years, Groupe-6 has taken a collective approach to developing its architectures, designing a wide variety of schemes in France and in Europe. The firm’s creations testify to its expertise in constructing the most complex projects and its commitment to an architecture that serves the public good. It has no set hallmark; its signature is a process, not a specific style.
In the social sciences, as in the materials sciences, interaction is an operational concept that simultaneously describes action, the dynamic of exchanges between entities, and effect, the resulting modification to the state of the objects brought together.
For Groupe-6, it is essential to take into account the multiplicity of interactions that coexist within a single built object. This is the optic through which its projects are designed: the influences of landscaped and urban environments, interpretations by different audiences, active exchanges with users.
The architectures Groupe-6 designs are resolutely interactive in the way they infuse into their setting and in their potential for appropriation. It is this dialectic between form and openness that gives the firm’s work its common denominator. And this is no wonder, as Groupe-6 has applied a truly collective approach ever since it began.
Through a panorama of the firm’s projects and buildings, presented through models, drawings, interviews and films, the exhibition reveals the true face of Groupe-6.