"Daylight and Energies" by Nicolas Michelin
Architect and Urban Planner
Presentation from the 8th VELUX Daylight Symposium that took place in Paris on 9 October 2019. For more information please visit http://thedaylightsite.com & https://www.velux.com/veluxdaysinparis
"The light in architecture is the revealed architecture, which is what makes it exist in contrast. This is what allows the shadow to assert itself and for us to appreciate the volumes. " These are the words of Nicolas Michelin - founder of the architecture and urban planning agency ANMA - when asked about his relationship to light. He will return to the relationship between natural light and architectural design and illustrate through different achievements how it continues to reinvent itself according to the context of each operation. That is at the heart of the project for the coverage of the Arènes de Nîmes and the construction of the Art School of Limoges, that participates in the high quality of use of the rehabilitations of the theater of Chatenay-Malabry and the university library of Strasbourg, that colors and gives soul to the gallery ARTEM in Nancy or that allows new types of housing with the atriums of Bordeaux.
Nicolas Michelin will illustrate, in some key projects, the importance of the role the natural light in its architectural production since the 90s. Architect and Urban Planner born in 1955, Nicolas Michelin founded the Paris based agency ANMA in 2001, together with Michel Delplace and Cyril Trétout, and positioned it as a tool for research and innovation in architecture and urban planning. Nicolas Michelin is a member of the Academy of Architecture, National Knight of the Order of Merit, Knight of the Legion of Honor, and was also Director of ENSA Versailles between 2000 and 2009. A theorist and prolific author, he frames the practice of his agency according to eight themes: ultra contextual, ordinary-extra, natural energy, economic lightness, high quality of use, virtuous density, nature in the city and poetics of the useless.