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David Henquinet – Nicolas Iacobellis

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English subtitles

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My name is David Henquinet.

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I work for adn_architectures.

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I’m an associate architect.

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ADN started in 2003 or 2002

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when we were still students
with David Henquinet.

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If I had to describe
my architectural style,

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I’d say it’s typically Belgian.

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I think that

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what we want to convey
with our architecture

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is an integrated architecture

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that’s understated but detailed.

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A kind of attitude

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where the answers you get
are more like reactions to context.

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And I would say that
what we’ve always tried to do

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is to bring a bit of emotion
into the spaces we create.

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When I talk about detail,

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I mean detail
within the scope of the project.

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So it seems to us

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that it’s possible to have
a very simple architecture

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but which is expressive
in the small details.

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That doesn’t mean
that when you look at a project overall

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you would say it’s no more
than overwrought detail,

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but it’s a search for the little things
which make all the difference for us.

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So it’s not a minimalist project
without any details,

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but it’s work on a threshold,
on an edging,

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on a step,
on a small piece of furniture.

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It’s all of these things together

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which, in our view, combine to make
a seamless project that stands out.

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The creative work
is always done by two people,

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but done quite quickly

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so there is always one of us
in charge of a project,

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and then we have exchange sessions
to develop a project internally.

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I initially wanted to do architecture

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because I think I’m basically a romantic.

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I thought I could bring

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interesting solutions to urban problems,

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this question of living
for individuals that come to us,

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and it’s this question of living, in fact,
that carries on into public projects.

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My definition of architecture,
as a professional and consultant,

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is to provide
interesting spatial solutions

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that have a certain emotion.

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I like to use that word
for ordinary spaces,

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bringing something extraordinary to them.

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Architecture is the interpretation
of the client’s needs

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to bring them more
than they were expecting.

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We accept that…
Well, the blocks are a bit chipped,

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it’s a bit dirty… it’s rough.

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Look there.

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But at the same time, it’s very alive.

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The materials we love to use

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because they give us
an enormous range of possibilities

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with their simplicity,

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is brick and plywood.

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And they went with the furnishings
we wanted to do from the start.

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We do architecture to our taste.

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At times we’ve done it
according others’ tastes,

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because we were obligated to do so.

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Regarding our profession as architects,

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we sometimes decided
to accept doing certain things

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according to other people’s tastes.

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At ADN we build architecture

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that complies
to modern environmental standards,

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while giving it a touch
which is all our own.

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That in itself is a reinterpretation
of environmental standards

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and what it means for a building
to be durable.

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So it’s not just a matter
of energy efficiency

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in the strict sense of the law,

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but rather an economy of durability
in the use of a house

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and the way it was built.

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And that’s with a broader scope
than the regulations,

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so it’s not just aiming to build
a 100% passive building

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with minimal energy consumption,

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but a house that’s been conceived
with the client to be durable,

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and also thinking about
the particular way it’s built.

French subtitles

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Je m’appelle David Henquinet.

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Je travaille chez adn_architectures.

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Je suis architecte associé.

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ADN a commencé en 2003, 2002

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même quand on était encore
aux études avec David Henquinet.

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Si je devais un peu caractériser
mon architecture,

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je dirais qu’elle est typiquement belge.

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Je pense que

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ce qu’on veut transmettre
par notre architecture,

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c’est une architecture intégrée,

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sobre, mais du détail.

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Une sorte d’attitude

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où les réponses qui sont apportées
sont plutôt des réactions à des contextes.

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Et je dirais que nous,
ce qu’on a toujours essayé de faire,

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c’est apporter un petit peu d’émotion
dans les espaces qu’on crée.

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Quand je parle de détails,

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je parle du détail
dans l’enveloppe du projet.

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Donc il nous semble

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qu’on peut avoir une architecture
extrêmement simple

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mais qui s’exprime par des petits détails.

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Et ce n’est pas pour ça
que quand on voit le projet global,

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on se dit que ce n’est que
du détail ultra-léché,

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mais c’est la recherche de petites choses
qui font en fait la différence pour nous.

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Donc ce n’est pas un projet minimaliste
où on ne voit plus rien comme détails,

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mais c’est le travail
sur un seuil, sur une rive,

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sur une marche d’escalier,
sur un petit élément de mobilier.

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Et c’est toutes ces petites choses
qui, mises ensemble,

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font à notre sens un projet
qui est intégré,

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qui se différencie des autres.

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Le travail de création
se fait toujours à deux

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mais de manière assez courte

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et donc il y a toujours
un des deux qui gère un projet

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et puis on fait des sessions d’échange
pour faire évoluer le projet en interne.

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J’ai voulu faire de l’architecture
à la base,

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parce que je pense que je suis
un homme romantique, à la base.

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Je pense que je pouvais apporter

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des réponses intéressantes
à des problèmes urbains,

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des questions d’habiter

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pour les particuliers
qui viennent nous trouver.

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Et la question d’habiter, en fait,
elle a continué dans les projets publics.

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Pour moi, la définition de l’architecture,
en tant que professionnel et conseiller,

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c’est apporter
des réponses spatiales intéressantes,

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qui apportent une certaine émotion
et j’aime bien utiliser le mot

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par rapport à un espace ordinaire,
apporter quelque chose d’extraordinaire.

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L’architecture, c’est la réinterprétation
du programme du client

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pour lui apporter plus
que ce qu’il ne pensait avoir.

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On accepte que… bah voilà,
t’as des blocs un peu ébréchés…

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c’est un peu sale… c’est brut.

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Voilà, quoi !

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Mais en même temps,
je trouve ça très vivant, en fait.

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Les matériaux qu’on utilise
avec joie, c’est parce que,

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dans leur simplicité, ils donnent
un panel de possibilités assez énorme,

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cela reste la brique et le « multiply »,
le bois, le multiplex.

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Et ils ont suivi sur le mobilier
qu’on avait envie de faire dès le début…

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On fait l’architecture à notre goût.

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Ça nous arrive de faire de l’architecture
au goût des autres

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parce qu’à certains moments,
on est obligés de le faire.

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Par rapport à notre métier d’architecte,
on a décidé à certains moments

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d’accepter de faire certaines parties
de l’architecture au goût des autres.

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Chez ADN, on construit de l’architecture

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qui correspond aux normes
de l’écologie actuelle,

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tout en essayant d’apporter
un point de vue qui est le nôtre,

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qui est une réinterprétation là aussi
de la règle écologique,

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et de ce que peut être
la durabilité d’un bâtiment,

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et donc pas une question
d’économie d’énergie

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au sens strict et au sens de la loi,

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mais plutôt une économie de la durabilité
dans l’usage d’une maison,

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dans la manière dont elle a été construite

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et avec un point de vue
plus ouvert que les règlements,

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et pas forcément une volonté
de faire une maison 100 % passive

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avec une consommation d’énergie minimum,

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mais une maison qui a été pensée
de manière durable avec le client

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et dans la manière particulière
de la construire.