Édouard François, “The Hero of Green Architecture”
The architecture of Édouard François reflects the trends of contemporary society: sustainable development, the use of local materials as well as the conservation and valorisation of the existing buildings.
Édouard François works is an example of poor art and rural aesthetics, allowing architecture to relate completely different to the problem of social housing. The architect continues to investigate new forms of sustainability, new “green” habitat.
To clarify the idea of his projects, it is necessary to look at the construction of the lodgings completely immersed in nature known as “Gites Ruraux”, one of his first projects.
This particular project forms a village in the middle of a flowery meadow, where the cottage is conceived as a box that disappears behind a green wall.
L’immeuble Qui Pousse” could be compared to a wish that comes true. It is something different, which we are not used to, it is extremely material but at the same time full of symbolic meanings.
The idea is that the building would slowly change its appearance according to the laws of nature. Consequently it keeps changing depending on the shape you create, creating an ever-changing composition.
Each element fits perfectly into the surrounding environment.
The volumes are freely drawn between the environment, while the inhabitants are surrounded by greenery.
But his work also consists in studying the densification of a typical suburban block, which must perfectly integrate into the city.
The building is not simply a building, but a positive sign at the entrance to the city, voluntarily colored and full of captivating materiality. It represents the will in wanting to enhance the suburbs and create buildings suitable for any type of people, especially for those with few economic possibilities.
Each of his works is characterized by fundamental elements that allow the French architect to be recognized within the social housing landscape, in which there is the relationship between construction and sustainability.
In conclusion, Édouard François teaches to look beyond the simple aspect of architecture, sustainability and the social, looking for various links to ensure that all aspects work together and not separately, as well as the concepts themselves.