Denis Valode and Jean Pistre architects

Denis Valode and Jean Pistre are architects. Their agency was established in 1980 and is now the first private practice of architecture in France, with 36 million turnover in 2015. They employ almost 180 staff and lead projects in China, in the Persian Gulf and in a number of european countries.
Born October 15, 1946, Denis Valode was the teacher of Jean Pistre, born October 7, 1951, at the National School of Fine Arts of which they are both graduates (architects DPLG). The first joint project of that feel was the Museum of Contemporary Art of Bordeaux (1983).


Fleeing the media, as they explain in one of their rare interviews, in The Point, in February of 2017 : “We reject the drift of the architecture in-game brands. No frills in our projects, no more concern of architecture style. We do not tell, working in a duo prevents hypertrophy. “
This modest approach is inversely proportional to their long list of blows of such masters of the university campus to Leonardo da Vinci in la Defense, The stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille, or even the city’s cultural Schenyang, the Exhibition Centre That year and the Tower Shimao Fuzhou in China.


Professional career

– 2013 : Centre Beaugrenelle (commercial gallery) in Paris.
– 2012 : Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Villeneuve-d’ascq.
– 2008 : T1 Tower Defence.
– 1995 : Completion of the registered office of the company Air France.
– 1992 : Prize of the Équerre d’argent for the realization of the l’oréal plant in Aulnay-sous-Bois.
– 1991 : Construction of the Technocentre Renault in Guyancourt.
– 1986 : Construction of the headquarters of the CFDT.
– 1983 : Construction of the Museum of contemporary art of Bordeaux.
– 1980 : Creation of the architectural firm Valode et Pistre.


The major projects of their career

The firm founded by Denis Valode and Jean Pistre was first specialized in the restoration of large industrial spaces, which allowed them to develop projects incorporating and preserving the memory of buildings.


On the occasion of projects ex-nihilo with respect to headquarters or factories, they have also shown a original know-how supportive of bold architecture and taking into account an environment that is conducive to the employees. Over the years, their reputation has led the two architects to understand other types of projects around the world (stadiums, hotels, commercial galleries), demonstrating a diversity of technical and aesthetic. “Each project is a puzzle which we are trying to answer with a humanistic approach and contextual. The eclecticism does not preclude the architectural gesture has a meaning “explained Denis Valode and Jean Pistre Point in march 2017, rejecting any dogmatism and keeping them from becoming” starchitectes “.


In fact, none of their accomplishments are the same, as the show is still the handle of the Porter of Monaco, a district won from the sea (end of the project, scheduled for 2020) or the Tower of Saint-Gobain Defence, high of 170 metres, which will be the showcase of the group of glass-making, but also a skyscraper with a high level of energy performance (launch scheduled in 2019).


The firm takes indeed into account the new problems (ecological transition) and also suggested that, as in Monaco, global projects including the development of the entire area, which will host the buildings and gardens. It can also propose solutions in terms of interior design.


Studies and awards

Denis Valode
– 2002 : Knight in the national Order of the Legion of Honor.
– 1999 : great silver medal of the Academy of Architecture.
– 1997 : a Knight of Arts and Letters and an officer in 2007.
– 1988 : silver medal of the Academy of Architecture.
– 1969 : diploma of architect at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts.


Jean Pistre
– 1999 : great silver medal of the Academy of Architecture.
– 1997 : a knight of Arts and Letters.
– 1988 : silver medal of the Academy of Architecture.
– 1974 : diploma of architect at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts.

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