Imperfection. Atelier Stéphane Fernandez

Edited by Stéphane Fernandez, Building Paris

Text and a conversation with Stéphane Fernandez by Eléonore Marantz.
Preface by Jean-Christophe Quinton.


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French architect Stéphane Fernandez creates a “silent architecture” that invests the landscape as much as it takes shape. He is a minimalist in expression and maximalist in attention to detail. He models rough, thick and fragile monoliths by digging, by movement of bodies and the generation of tensions between masses. Fernandez articulates his work around a permanent search for materials, the accumulation of models, sketches, plans and words.

Contemporary Architecture, Monograph
This first monograph on Stéphane Fernandez features five of his realized designs that are emblematic for his approach: a childrens’ pavillion (Saint-Raphaël, 2005), a media library (Carnoux, 2007), a students’ residence and laboratory building (Banyuls-sur-Mer, 2013), a cultural center (Vertou, 2015) and a primary school (Cannes, 2018). An essay and a conversation with Stéphane Fernandez by architectural historian Éléonore Marantz complement plans of the buildings and photographs of the five buildings by Berlin-based photographers Schnepp Renou.

Building Paris is a Paris-based art direction and design studio founded by Benoît Santiard and Guillaume Grall. A special focus of their work is on architecture books.
Stéphane Fernandez graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Marseille and EPFL’s School of Architecture in Lausanne, Switzerland. He runs his own studio in Aix-en-Provence and also works as a teacher-researcher at ENSA Marseille’s Department La Fabrique.


102 color, 36 b/w and plans

192 pages, 138 illustrations
Hardback, 22x30 cm
French, English
Park Books, 1st edition 2019
ISBN 9783038601678