Office

Our approach

To understand the numerous interactions among the ground, the context and the urban devices

OLM is characterized by an ongoing search for processes that shape the landscape over time and by implementing an "ultra-specific" approach for each ground on which we work.

The working method, both systematic and intuitive, is represented in models, diagrams, sections and axonometrics in order to clarify as well as possible the approach of the office. Each projetc is designed as a continuation of a more general interrogaton of the relationship among ground, architecture and the systems for producing landscapes.

We are interested in the notions of foundation, temporality, process and morphology which allow us to go beyong what is immediately visible.

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The landscape as a perpetual transformation field

We begin each project by an acurate mapping of the area in order to put together all the existing data, about program, geography, vegetation, urbanization and transports. This process makes visible the various conflicts among use, function and program.

These conflicts can be viewed while considering all the other dynamics that make up the site, processes and changes (natural and artificial) that affect the site over time like movements of erosion, water flow, pollution, built density... To understand the consequences of these phenomena on the landscape, each setting can be traced from the geographical scale to a human scale with thorough mapping.

This work highlights the points of variation, where one state changes into another, which explains the morphology of the landscape studied. The landscape is considered a permanent field transformation (at different time frames) in which we inscribe and operate.

 

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To negociate the transition from an identity to another

We believe that the first task of landscape architect is to understand the numerous interactions between the ground, its context and the urban devices which allow then the development of the topography. We work as much on the shapes as on different strategies of transformation of the site which give meaning to the project. Thinking in terms of process means that the focus is as much on the conditions that generate the forms as it is on the shapes themselves. The landscape project becomes more an act of reconstruction and reorganization of the space between the geography of the site and the geometry of the drawing. This working method is a way to reconsider the repertoire of spatial models of the classical geometry in terms of interior and exterior, center and edges, or masses and voids. We believe in the notions of surface, architecture, topography, movement and temporality as means of spatial organization on the large scale. The tools lead to an experience of the landscape where the production of means can only be achieved by varying the degrees of relations among these elements. In the end, the landscape project had the ability to offer a real interface among urban spaces (global / local), grounds (in movement) and societies (individuals / groups).

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OLM bases its approach on the perpetual search between process and shapes leading to the landscape project, whichever the scale.

Topography strata

The touchable and teconic ground is the base of our work, even before the vegetal expertise. The ground makes the way we walk, we look, we build and we plant. Geography, "the soil's scripture", is a succession of strata slowly accumulated to shape the ground.

Convergences and divergences

The landscape project is born from the situations sometimes conflicting among uses, functions, programs and site. These "conflicts" can be analysed by looking at the dynamics: natural, human and artificial. They affect the site in time: erosion movements, absorption, water and wind circulations, shiftings... In order to understand these situations, each parameter can be retraced and mapped from the human scale to the geological scale, at very short or slow paces. These different dynamics converge to places and accumulate (train stations, ponds, airports, squares, gardens) or disperse.

Urban ecology

We mostly act on metropolitan projects. The Naturalness doesn't reall yexist anymore but the elements of life quickly adapt to the critical situations of our urban environments. Therefore we consider the lanscape as a field of continuous transformations to different temporalities, where the vegetal express the soil, climate and hydrological conditions.

Creative programming

The program that is given is raw data we need to criticize, rearrange, re-invent. We continiously read these data as a starting point to inevitably go beyond and create a curiosity necessary to each project.

Process and temporality

Thinking in terms of process means that the focus is as much on the conditions that generate the forms as it is on the shapes themselves. Nevertheless, the project doesn't try to create an identity without shape or out ot the blue, but really negociates the transition from one identity to the next one. The work then becomes a reorganization and reconstruction of elements, surfaces and objects interacting with each other.

The team

Des cultures et des savoir-faire qui permettent de réaliser des études et missions de maîtrise d'oeuvre

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Philippe Coignet

Fondateur, Paysagiste DPLG, MLA
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Guillaume Boehm

Paysagiste
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Camille Dandelot

Designer espace public
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Ahyoung Gu

Paysagiste D.P.L.G. et architecte
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Alice Hallynck

Architecte DE, Urbaniste Paris Nanterre
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Camille Keraudren

Landscape architect
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Emmanuelle Lévêque

Architecte-urbaniste
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Rocco Marafatto

Architecte paysagiste
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Christelle Monnier

Paysagiste DPLG et géographe
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Elise Triacca

Architecte HMONP et urbaniste DSA
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Silvia Zagheno

Architecte paysagiste

Our clients

Grand Paris

    • PUBLIC 
    • COMMUNAUTÉ D'AGGLOMÉRATION DE PLAINE COMMUNE
    • COMMUNAUTÉ D'AGGLOMÉRATION DE SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES
    • CONSEIL GÉNÉRAL DE SEINE-SAINT-DENIS
    • CONSEIL RÉGIONAL D'ILE-DE-FRANCE
    • COP HLM BOUCLE DE SEINE
    • GRAND PARIS AMÉNAGEMENT POUR LA COMMUNAUTÉ DE COMMUNES DU PROVINOIS
    • EMERIGE
    • EPADESA
    • EPAMARNE
    • EPA ORSA
    • EPA PARIS SACLAY
    • ETABLISSEMENT PUBLIC CAMPUS CONDORCET
    • GRAND PARIS SEINE OUEST
    • LOGIREP
    • PARIS HABITAT
    • SEM 92
    • Société de Livraison des Ouvrages Olympiques (SOLIDEO)
    • VILLE D'ERMONT
    • VILLE DE MEUDON
    • VILLE DE PARIS
    • VILLE DE SAINT-GERMAIN-LÈS-ARPAJON
    •  PRIVATE
    •  AÉROPORTS DE PARIS
  •  AXEPARISUD
  •  ELOGIE
  •  FONDATION IMAGINE
  •  ICF HABITAT LA SABLIÈRE
  •  IN'LI
  •  LEGENDRE IMMOBILIER
  •  QUARTUS RÉSIDENTIEL

France

  • PUBLIC 
  • Alter Public
  • BAYEUX INTERCOM
  • COLLECTIVITÉ TERRITORIALE DE CORSE
  • CONSEIL GÉNÉRAL DE GUYANE
  • COMMUNAUTÉ URBAINE DU GRAND TOULOUSE
  • EPA BORDEAUX EURATLANTIQUE
  • GRAND POITIERS COMMUNAUTÉ URBAINE
  • GRAND REIMS COMMUNAUTÉ URBAINE
  • OPPIDEA
  • PARTENORD HABITAT
  • SOCIÉTÉ D'AMÉNAGEMENT DE L'AGGOLOMÉRATION DE MONTPELLIER
  • SOCIÉTÉ D'EQUIPEMENT DE LA TOURAINE
  • VILLE D'ANGERS
  • VILLE DE BAYEUX
  • VILLE DE CAULNES
  • VILLE DE LISIEUX
  • VILLE DE RENNES
  • VILLE DE SAINT-PRIEST
  • PRIVATE
  • ALTAREA COGEDIM
  • BNP PARIBAS IMMOBILIER RÉSIDENTIEL
  • BOUYGUES CONSTRUCTION
  • HINES
  • ICADE
  • LINKCITY
  • NEXITY
  • VINCI IMMOBILIER

International

  • ADT ATO Bruxelles (Belgique)
  • FONDS D'URBANISATION ET D'AMÉNAGEMENT DU PLATEAU DU KIRCHBERG (LUXEMBOURG)
  • MINISTÈRE GREC DE L'ENVIRONNEMENT (GRÈCE)
  • VILLE DE BRUXELLES (BELGIQUE)
  • VILLE DE LAUSANNE (SUISSE)
  • VILLE DE STEINSEL (LUXEMBOURG)
  • VILLE DE TORONTO (CANADA)

Press

2016

Airport Landscape (en)

Airport Landscape (en)

Helenikon - Grèce