Ferrier Marchetti Studio seeks to develop a sensitive, humanist approach to the city, combining sustainable development and new technologies in the quest for innovation and urban delight. The result is a preliminary analysis, procedure and stance which informs the architectural design process. We are innovative and idealistic in our approach to what architects can and should be capable of.
Since 1993, we have believed that architecture should be a radical agent of change and reinvention. The studio has dedicated itself to the production of innovative projects and concepts with a commitment to sustainable development as a backdrop. There are philosophical roots to this approach. Our research ethos Sensual City was founded by Jacques Ferrier and Pauline Marchetti in 2010 as an open resource for collaboration with other thinkers, and signals our intention to create an interdisciplinary momentum, a radical movement fit for the times we are living in.
‘What is needed now is nothing less than a new humanist revolution’
Our practice is underpinned by this laboratory of ideas, creation and urban foresight, bringing together a network of professions from the worlds of art, architecture and urban planning, and social sciences. Our work analyses changing trends in large modern cities to predict the effect that they will have on architecture and which architecture should have on them.
Jacques Ferrier is an architect, urban planner, and professor. His work follows a clear philosophy and aims to create architecture and cities for a creative and sustainable society.
Following his architectural training at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville and the École Centrale de Paris, Jacques Ferrier created his own architecture firm in Paris in 1993. His portfolio of work crosses sectors and includes major cultural projects, headquarters and civic buildings.
Jacques Ferrier is the author of a number of articles and books, and has been the subject of monographs notably The Architecture of Jacques Ferrier (Thames&Hudson, London). He has been awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite and a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.
Pauline Marchetti graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville and a qualified architect, as well as a professor at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris.
She develops a humanist approach, developing design and production methods based on the sensory and humanist dimensions of space - volume, materiality, light, moods. She conceives Sensual City as an incubator for the reflective journey and development process vital for the successful realisation of projects.
She first teamed with Jacques Ferrier in 2008 when they collaborated on the hugely successful French Pavilion for the World Expo in Shanghai, since when they have developed a significant portfolio of projects combining research and architecture, such as the advisory mission for the greater Paris metro stations.
The work of the studio has been the subject of several dedicated international exhibitions including ‘Impressionismus at the Architektur Galerie, Berlin; ‘Non oppressive Design’ at the DOKK1 in Aarhus and ‘A vision for the Sensual City’ in Manila, Singapore, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.
Ferrier Marchetti Studio team includes: • Elisa Álvarez • Sylvie Artchounin • Sevan Avanozian • Amela Begovic • Marion Bernard • Martial Boucheron • Gonçalo Calçada • Emmanuel Coudert • Rachel Cronin • Marion Drevet • Jacques Ferrier • Valérie Garachon • François Gastesoleil • Fabien Goutelle • Anne Grosset-Brun • Jue Hou • Stéphanie Legrand • Zhaohan Li • François Louis • Pauline Marchetti • Romain Marechal • François Marquet • Estefania Mompean • Hugo de Pablo Vicens • Aurélien Pasquier • Clémentin Rachet • Tingqiu Shen • Philippe Simay • Ana Rosa Soria • Mahaut de la Tousche • Stéphane Vigoureux • Qiao Wang • Wenyi Wei • Mai Zhang
Innovative Places of Work: • Grand Central Saint Lazare, Paris • Region Ile-de-France Headquarters, Saint-Ouen • T20 Xujiahui, Shanghai • La Courrouze Offices, Rennes • Quatuor Tertiary Complexe, Angers • CPAM Morbihan Heaquarters, Vannes • Metropole Rouen-Normandie Headquarters, Rouen • DCNS Campus, Toulon • AMDM Headquarters, Montpellier • Yidian Offices Complex, Shanghai • Hachette Livre Headquarters, Vanves • EDF Offices, Tours • Euralille Offices, Lille • Claude Bernard Offices, Paris • Pacific II Shopping Mall, Shanghai • Sulwhasoo Flagship Store, Hong-Kong • Champagne Piper & Heidsieck Headquarters, Reims • Offices Building « Les reflets du Drac » , Grenoble • RATP Offices, Paris • Commercial Court, Nice • SAGEP Water Plant, Joinville-le-Pont • Total Energie Offices, ToulouseMobility: • Passenger Terminal, Sète • Greater Paris Metro Stations, Paris • Bridge, Choisy • Tramway T9 Depot, Orly • Tramway Depot, Bordeaux • Airbus Delivery Centre, Toulouse • « Green Eye » Carpark, Soissons • Air France Maintenance Hub, Roissy • Tramway Depot, Valenciennes • Tenesol Head Office and Factory, Toulouse • Renault Vehicule Testing Facility, GuyancourtEducation / Research: • Collège de France, Paris • French International School, Beijing • Marcel Saupin House of Human Sciences, Nantes • Louis Jouvet High School, Gamaches • Isomère Laboratories, Nantes • INRIA Laboratories, Paris • Interregional Laboratories, Oullins • Cardiological and Pneumological Rehabilitation Centre, Pont d'Héry • Zhuqiao High School, Jiading • Lille University Library, Lille • Ecole des Mines Research Centre, EvryCulture / Leisure / Sport: • Co’Met Congress Centre, Orléans • Pudong Congress Centre, Shanghai • La Tuilerie Cultural Centre, Limoux • Arena Restructuration, Lunel • Aqualagon Waterpark, Marne-la-Vallée • French Pavillon at the Shanghai World Expo • Seiling Museum Eric Tabarly, Lorient • Emigration Museum, Tourouvre • Multi-purpose Hall, Le Cannet • Palace Heritage Museum, Xi’An Residential/Hotel: • La Mantilla Residential Buildings, Montpellier • Jardins de la Lironde Residential Complexe, Montpellier • Matinha Residence and Hotel, Lisbon • Porte des Ternes, Paris • Tour Lumière, Tours • Nakara Hôtel, Agde • Housing Complexe, Romainville
• ABB Leaf Awards (Shortlisted) • ADC Award • American Architecture Prize • AMO Prize • Architecture Masterprize • Architizer A+Award • BEX Awards • Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite • Chevalier des Arts et Lettres • Industrial Solar Architecture Prize • International Architecture Award • Moniteur Prize • Nomination for the Equerre d’Argent Prize • Nomination for the Grand Prix national de l’Architecture • Trophée Eiffel d’architecture acier • Trophées Bois Ile-de-France • World Architecture Festival Award (Highly Commended Mentions)
• 3M • AEFE Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires étrangères • Air France • Airbus • Amore Pacific / Sulwhasoo • BNP Paribas RE • Bouygues Construction • Bouygues Immobilier • CCI de Nice • Champagnes Piper & Charles Heidsieck • China Fortune Properties • COFRES SAS • Collège de France – OPPIC • Communauté d’Agglomération du Pays de Lorient • Communauté d’Agglomération du Soissonnais • Communauté de Communes du Haut Perche • Communauté de Communes du Limouxin • Communauté Urbaine de Bordeaux • Compagnie de Phalsbourg • Conseil Départemental de la Somme • CPAM du Morbihan • DDE de Loire-Atlantique • DDE Des Alpes-Maritimes • EDF • Editions Hachette Livre • Eiffage Travaux Publics • Fayat Immobilier • Foncière des Régions • Fondation Arc-en-Ciel • Geoxia • Groupe Giboire • Groupe Blot Pierre Promotion • Groupe Hydro Building Systems • Groupe Lafarge • Groupe Legendre • Groupe Proméo • Groupe SNI • Housing Development Department of Qingpu District • Hudson Advisors • ICADE • Jinqiao Lingang • Ligne Roset • Loire Océan Métropole Aménagement • Lujiazhui Group • Métropole Rouen Normandie • Mines ParisTech • Ministère de la Justice • Ministère de l’Economie des Finances et de l’Industrie • Mutuelle des Motards • Nacarat • Naval Group • Nexity • Orléans Métropole • Pitch Promotion • PSA • RATP – SEDP • Rectorat de l’Académie de Lille • Régie des Transports de Marseille • Région Occitanie • Renault SA • SADEV 94 • SAGEP • SDIS 44 • SERM Aménagement • SEMDO • Semurval • SET • Shanghai East Bund Investment Group • Shanghai Huanyu Pacific Digital • Shanghai Jiading Administration Committee • Shanghai Municipal Leading Group for Development of Huangpu River Banks • Société du Grand Paris • SOGEPROM • STIF • Tenesol • The Carlyle Group • Urbiparc Management • Villages Nature (Pierre et Vacances / Disney) • Villamoura World • Ville de Boulogne-Billancourt • Ville du Cannet • Ville de Lunel • Ville de Nancy • Ville de Paris • Ville de Saint-Germain-en-Laye • We Love Green • Woodeum • Xi’An Qujiang Daming Palace Heritage
Ferrier Marchetti Studio is a unique studio combining research and practice in a quest for innovation and urban delight.
Our process and design explore a new urban condition, finding and developing opportunities for cities to contribute positively to the planet’s eco balance and create a positive relationship between climate and design. Our architecture is not just about designing objects, but about the opportunities that design offers to create positive and meaningful relationships between buildings and people, contributing to a more holistic, sustainable and sensual world.
Our approach is one which moves beyond the purely aesthetic consideration of objects to create meaningful relationships between people, spaces and places – buildings are catalysts for interaction, movement and lived life. Architecture must create a new relationship to the world since our current relationships have become impoverished by hyper-abundance and accelerated obsolescence. The design of cities has to be informed not only by sustainable efficiency, but by a new and richer relationship with citizens. Technology has become the dominant driver of design. Our approach is to put people back in control and make technology serve a humanistic agenda.
The pervasive technology of controlled environments has led to the creation of neutral, sanitised, self-enclosed spaces isolated from their context, and artificially managed in a way which has contributed significantly to global warming. When we banish the inconveniences of the natural environment we also ban its pleasures. Our architecture accepts and adapts to climate rather than denies it: we design buildings which expose or protect themselves as and when needed. We work with the ambient climatic conditions of light, temperature, noise and flow to let the environment in and create an experience that reflects and reconnects to nature.
We exercise a responsibility in terms of resources, focusing on frugality and lean design. Ferrier Marchetti Studio believes that there is no hierarchy of design and that value should be measured by impact and fitness for purpose, rather than its materials or any notion of luxury design. Like Charles and Ray Eames, we are driven by the program of our project and how this program can be served by the industrial, technological means at our disposal. As ‘techno-recruiters’, we act against impulsive novelty and addictive consumption, creating a specific purpose-driven language for each of our buildings. Our architecture seeks an intense material presence, using everyday resources, as they are or slightly transformed to better reveal their potential.
In reconsidering our urban infrastructure for a more sustainable future, we unlock an opportunity to place the human experience at the heart of all new projects. Ferrier Marchetti Studio designs from a humanistic perspective, with pleasure in mind, seeking to enhance the quality of life not just through individual buildings, but through the blurring of disciplinary barriers to create whole experiences. We aim to move beyond the fragmented, de-contextualised experience of cities to once again place the senses, the body at the centre of design. The pleasure that can be given by the daily experience of cities has to be reconquered as an essential and vital asset of our urban lives.
Our work celebrates the micro as well as the macro, with a sensual focus on material, details and craftsmanship. We like to showcase materials in our buildings: their properties, densities, colours and textures. In this way, Ferrier Marchetti Studio considers all projects of equal value, drawing out the beauty in even the simplest project. We are fascinated by construction – even as children we begin our relationship with the physical world by playing with cubes and piling them up, or constructing dens. We all have a deeply felt and emotional relationship with the assembly of objects and spaces, and take a great satisfaction in seeing things that appear to be ‘right’ – well placed, contextual and revealing themselves in a way which resonates with us.
In an increasingly industrialised society, it is necessary to recreate links between city and nature, creating symbiotic spaces where the presence of nature can help revitalize the spirits of its citizens. When we allow nature to return to the city, we reconnect with those elements that geometric-led town planning has allowed us to forget and which are so central to our existence and well-being: the quality of water and air, the rhythm of the seasons, the natural day-night cycle. Our approach is not just about a few superficial areas of greenery, rather it is the integrated physical expression of ecosystems developing within the very heart of the city, nurturing a spontaneous regeneration of biodiversity. In our approach the city is more than simply a landscape combining nature and artefact, it is an inhabited environment, a living fabric within which various organisms create a harmonious balance.
The city is in a constant state of ever-accelerating motion. As travel allows us to move faster over greater distances, with an attendant increase in the pace of urban life, speed renders our relationship to space abstract and impoverishes our daily experiences. In re-establishing our relationship to the city, we need to explore modes of travel which give us a fresh point of view and which permit a more dynamic perception of volumes and spaces. As we embrace slower, greener forms of transport, such as walking and cycling, our sense of urban space reawakens. Our means of transport shapes and modifies our perceptions and sharpens our senses. In exploring the idea of mobility with raised awareness we need to think more carefully about the aesthetic principles around movement, coherent visual sequences and clear readability of the landscape. Our approach to designing mobility infrastructure is one which seeks opportunities to create thriving public spaces.
Our design is both informed by and itself creates meaningful context. It is rooted in the reality of lived experience, so our projects are more likely to be relevant, efficient, purposeful and provide long term social/civic meaning. We take a non-formal, non-rigid approach to new projects, with a design process that is open to chance and opportunity. Our process is permeable, allowing aspects of an individual project, related to its location, climate and history to slip in and subtly modify our design response. We avoid being locked into an ‘obvious’ solution too soon, considering purpose, function and context harmoniously to arrive at not only the most efficient architectural solution, but also the most contextual.