Both in the Glasgow School of Art and in his agency, Franklin Azzi has advocated interdisciplinarity. Architects, designers, decorators, computer graphics designers, art historians and former students from the Ecole Normale: the people whom he works with have their passion as a common point. And they need it to enter his prestigious office, rue d’Uzès. It is an industrial studio of 700 square meters where the genius architect – some people say he is the new Jean Nouvel – can devote himself to his projects, at the crossroads of disciplines and new ideas, while actively participating to the spread of contemporary arts. His agency dedicates an exhibitation per year to it, while collaborating on large-scale projects with artists. It is a clear craving that makes him dream. He is also caught wanting to think and to redesign daily objects, and even places with a strong family or religious meaning. In that aspect, Franklin Azzi is anything but a beginner. Paris ows him the redevelopment of the banks of the Seine. Yes, 2.5 km of an exceptionnal promenade on the left side, between Orsay museum and the Quai Branly. A lot of people consider it is a renewal, which unblocks and refreshes this UNESCO heritage site. Since September, the students of the Nantes School of Fine Arts, based on the former Alstom site, can also say “thank you” to him. Their school follow in the footsteps of many buildings, designer shops, and restaurants, as his latest challenge. Meanwhile, Beaupassage, which brings together a number of culinary destinations owned by some of the finest chefs, is about to open. On a 100,000 square-metre site at 53-57 Rue de Grenelle where he took over the refurbishment works. A gigantic site dedicated to everything that goodness, beauty and joie de vivre, which that we can’t wait to experience for ourselves.
Credits : Constance Gennari @thesocialitefamily