In the Proust’s short questionnaire style, AA questions architects about their profession, their projects, their vision of the future. Today, we meet the French-Brazilian office Triptyque. In the late 90’s, freshly graduated, Guillaume Sibaud, Olivier Raffaëlli and Grégory Bousquet followed Carolina Bueno – who studied with them at Paris-Val de Seine school of architecture – to her native country : Brazil. The four architects founded their office in São Paulo in 2000 and, since then, have developed a contemporary and sustainable architecture. In 2008, a branch office was founded in Paris. Triptyque counts now more than 60 employees in France and Brazil.
Being an architect means…
Guillaume Sibaud: To be brave, to dare without destroying everything. Appropriate Camus words “A man holds himself back“.
Grégory Bousquet : To transform a place forever, its geography, its topography, its nature and its function. It is a fantastic responsibility.
Your perfect commission would be…
GS : A unique timeless project, a little bit the old fashion way, designed on site surrounded by silence and focus.
GB : A tropical greenhouse, in the middle of the rain forest, to ward off the precedent question.
Your job in 20 years
GS : To keep on dreaming.
GB : Spaces structurer.
The advice you’d give to a young architect
GS : Repeat 100 times in front of a mirror (Robert de Niro style) “architecture is a combat sport”.
GB : Travel, travel, travel!
What you want to transmit to your co-workers
GS : To be able to laugh about everything while being a serious person.
GB : Passion and curiosity.
The emerging architect everyone should follow
GS : Gong Dong / Vector architects.
GB : Pezo von Hellrichshausen, for the clarity of his style.
The project you would have loved to sign
GS : The Congresso Nacional in Brazilia (Niemeyer).
GB : The Barcelona pavilion (Mies Van de Rohe).
The other job you would have liked to practice
GS : Musician.
GB : Pilot, to drift in space.
An inspiring place
GS : New York.
GB : SESC Pompeia, by Lina Bo Bardi, which is a demonstration that architecture can help social and cultural integration.
A book, an object, a piece of art you particularly love
GS : Untitled ( ), an album by Sigur Ros launched in 2002.
GB : Lina Bo Bardi’s work, for its poetic brutalism.