An encounter with architect Edouard François, who took part in the construction of Fouquet’s Barrière Paris.
What is the specialty of your agency? What characterizes your work? Can you tell us about your proudest achievements that will allow us to better understand your philosophy? What hotel projects have you worked on?
I am largely known for representing green architecture in France. My projects include The Building that Grows in Montpellier, The Flower Tower in the 17th arrondissement in Paris, and the M6B2 Tower of Biodiversity, currently in Chantier, which will be the first residential tower to be built in Paris since the 70s…I also design projects abroad—Gurgaon 71 in India, the Gardens of Anfa in Casablanca…In the hotel world, I am frequently called upon to design Palaces and resorts—Fouquet’s Barrière Hotel, the Samaritaine – Cheval Blanc, the Métropole Hotel in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, the Aldiana Resort…to name a few that reflect creations that are at once contemporary, radical, and respectful toward their environment, which are often in the historical center of large cities or otherwise sites of exceptional character.
A graduate of the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Paris and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Edouard François, an architect and urban planner since 1986, opened his own architectural, urban planning, and design agency in 1998. Sustainable development, local flavor, and the spotlighting of heritage and location recur as fundamental themes in his productions.
Edouard François is recognized in France and abroad as one of the most talented and creative representatives in the domains of heritage, hotels, and landscapes. On October 7, 2011, he was named “The Hero of Green Architecture” by C. Woodward in the Financial Times.
Edouard François was named Designer of the Year in 2011 by the Maison & Objet Salon.
In 2011, the Royal Institute of British Architects named him an honorary international member for his contribution to architecture (Int. Fellow RIBA).
Edouard François is the architect of Fouquet’s Barrière Hotel on the Champs-Elysées.
He is an architect for LVMH, for whom he is currently designing the Samaritaine Cheval Blanc Palace along the Quay of the Seine in Paris, a Palace that is soon to be a flagship for the brand.
He is also an architect for the Club Med Group.
Maison Edouard François holds an international presence with large-scale projects in Morocco (The Gardens of Anfa in Casablanca), Senegal (Club Med in Aldiana), India (Gurgaon 66, Gurgaon 71), Sri Lanka (Krrish Square in Colombo), and Qatar (Qatar Chamber of Commerce in Doha).
In Paris, Maison Edouard François was responsible for designing the M6B2 Tower of Biodiversity: the first residential tower erected in the French capital since the 70s. The green vegetal façade of the tower allows the winds to disperse Class 1 purebred seeds, promoting vegetal regeneration and biodiversity in the Parisian metropolis.
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