h2o architectes

First monograph on h2o architectes, the up-and-coming Paris-based firm that has won several prestigious prizes for their designs


Title Information

Edited by h2o architectes, Building Paris and Fanny Léglise

1st edition

, 2020

Text in English and French


372 pages, 180 color and 38 b/w illustrations

17 x 24 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-198-2


This book brings together twenty-nine projects from the past ten years, both completed and ongoing, designed by Paris-based h2o architectes. Arranged in thematic categories that stem from the firm’s singular approach to design and architecture, the projects vary greatly in type, scale, and individual context, including housing developments in Paris, a hotel in Rio de Janeiro, a temporary school pavilion, a timber construction for a vineyard, the rehabilitation of Paris’s Museum of Modern Art, and other large public spaces.
h2o architectes’ proposals are united by an approach that is always both radical and sensitive, an ethos that emerges here from interviews conducted by architect and writer Fanny Léglise, while essays by architect and anthropologist Miguel Mazeri and architect Bernard Tschumi shed light on various aspects of the firm’s practice, vision, and philosophy. The book also features poems by French writer and poet Frédéric Forte, composed in situ at several of h2o architectes’ building sites. Photographs, renderings, and plans round out this first comprehensive volume on one of France’s leading up-and-coming architecture firms.


Also available by the same editors: Modern Modern.The Rehabilitation of the Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris by h2o architectes


Fanny Léglise is an architect, PhD student and former editor-in-chief of the journal L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui.


Building Paris, is a Paris-based art direction and design studio founded by Benoît Santiard and Guillaume Grall. A special focus of their work is on architecture books.


h2o architectes, founded by Charlotte Hubert, Jean-Jacques Hubert and Antoine Santiard, is a Paris-based firm working on projects of various types and scales, from housing to public space and cultural facilities. The office is dedicated to architectural, heritage and urban creation and reprogramming. Unsurprisingly, the historical and social complexity of contexts such as these has given rise to a real suppleness of approach.

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View into the office process, developing a fiber-reinforced concrete modular bench © Julien Lelievre

Physical models of the bench designed for the Place de la Madeleine in Paris. © Julien Lelievre

View of the entrance hall at the City of Paris Museum of Modern Art © Stephane Chalmeau

Axonometric drawing showing the 3 programs which make up a microfolie: café/library, workshop/fablab, digital museum/stage. © h2o architects

Detail of the welcome desk in the entrance hall of the French National Assembly. © Stephane Chalmeau

Axonometric technical drawing of the wood pavilion built in Parc Lagravère, along the river Seine, in Colombes ©h2o architects

Apartment building built with an ashlar masonry façade, avenue Félix-Faure in Paris © Julien Lanoo

Interior view of The Cabin, an apartment at Les Menuires ski resort © Julien Attard

Master plan of the Caserne de Reuilly, in Paris © Julien Lelievre

View from the new public passage leading to housing and public garden at the Caserne de Reuilly © Myr Muratet

View of the entrance hall at the National Maritime Museum © h2o architectes_ArtefactoryLab


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