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b. 1986, HK.

 
 
 The family tree of the projects of the practice

The family tree of the projects of the practice

 
 
 

Eric Guibert created his practice in 2003. 

The focus of the studio is to increase the resilience of the ecosystem we are involved with and the well being of their inhabitants. We do this by focussing on two primary objectives: increase the agency of the inhabitants through flexible designs, and foster the biological, spatial and cultural diversity of these places.

This has led the studio to be working in the fields of building and landscape architectures, either independently in the case of the house typologies that we call Open Vernacular and the landscape design work of our Landscape Gestures, or combined in planted buildings. Our approach is to create resilient systems; we eschew the fragile drip fed technologies that tend to break and lead to dying green walls and landscapes. 

Our projects have been primarily homes and estates yet they increasingly include organisations such as a literacy charity in London. We have built throughout the UK and in France. 

This sensitivity of approach towards the surrounding landscape has allowed us to gain planning in sensitive context; we have often been commended by conservation officer for our contemporary designs that enhance the local natural and cultural heritage. For example for the design of Lichen House or recently in a redesign of a flat in the Barbican Estate in London. 

We enjoy establishing long term relationships with our clients and have recently been working on phased developments of buildings and estates to adjust to evolving needs and finances. This is what we have defined as our gardening method, a process of defining an overall strategy that evolves as it is build gradually in response to feedback. We use careful design and facilitate democratic briefing and co-design processes in order to design spaces in dialogue with our clients. 

One of our strength is our experience of the interaction between a property's design and financial flows, which we have deployed on our self-initiated projects as well as for our clients by maximising the end value of their estates and the possibilities for sponsorship and grants. In everything we do, we take a systemic approach and aim to create synergies between what we are involved with and its context. 

The practice is in dialogue with the research through design that Eric pursues at the University of Westminster in London. 

 
 The timelines of the three modes of architectural design; the gardener mode is to the left – it grows the design organically in dialogue with the place; in the middle, the mechanical mode sets a fixed design that is realised and maintained as is; to the right, the conservative mode fixes the design in the past. Both mechanical and conservative block the ecological dynamics. We combine the three: the ecological benefits of the gardener mode, with the efficiency of the mechanical and the memory and knowledge of the conservative. 

The timelines of the three modes of architectural design; the gardener mode is to the left – it grows the design organically in dialogue with the place; in the middle, the mechanical mode sets a fixed design that is realised and maintained as is; to the right, the conservative mode fixes the design in the past. Both mechanical and conservative block the ecological dynamics. We combine the three: the ecological benefits of the gardener mode, with the efficiency of the mechanical and the memory and knowledge of the conservative.