Notebook: Laurent Salomon


“Two features emerge from projects by the Topos studio. The first one is the almost systematic implementation of an autonomous enclosure, sometimes made from scrarch, sometimes based on existing elements. This enclosure, a complex component that is more than a simple physical wall, is made of a single material and is designed in the most continuous possible manner. Creating it leads to a differentiation between the thermal envelope and a vaster architectural interiority. Such inclusion of an inhabited shell within a larger one generates specific details that express this interleaving through a combination of formal systematic creation of an autonomous enclosure, sometimes produced from inventiveness with “craft” (in the sense of a mastery of techniques).