Day 173/365 of Steel – Aymeric Zublena

After studying architecture at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Aymeric Zublena, born in September 1936 in Paris, graduated in 1963 and completed his training in urban planning at the Tony Garnier ‘seminar’.

The Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Fig 1: The Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
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In 1967 he won a Second Grand Prix of Rome on the theme ‘A House of Europe in Paris’. In the same year, he became chief architect of the new town of Marne la Vallée, directing the studies of the regional urban centre for nearly 15 years. He developed the principle of diversity and urban density organized around powerful public transport.

The 'hospital street' of the Georges Pompidou European Hospital
Fig 2: The ‘hospital street’ of the Georges Pompidou European Hospital
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For each of his programs, Aymeric Zublena is looking for a singular architectural response that strongly marks the host site with an emblematic sign making it easily identifiable: the ‘hospital street’ of the Georges Pompidou European Hospital, a long glass gallery that inscribes a new axis in the heart of Paris, the cover of the Stade de France which floats above the stands and the forecourt, the undulating fiberglass roof of the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, the bird wing of the Suwon stadium. The ‘butterfly’ metal lifting structures of the Rouen bridge, the monumental mobile door of the DASES on the Quai de la Rapée in Paris.

DASES, Paris
Fig 3: DASES, Paris
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About the Author:

Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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