Loci Anima



18th December 2015
: French prime minister Manuel Valls inaugurates "l'alpha", the new mediatheque in angoulême. Click here for full details.

5th November 2015: Cinéma "Les Fauvettes" opening ceremony.






Address: 92, rue de Rochechouart. 75009 Paris, France
Tel : 01 43 87 04 97 / Fax : 01 42 93 59 54
E-Mail : laa@loci-anima.com




french prime  minister manuel valls inaugurate "l'alpha" the new mediatheque in angoulême

18th decmber 2015



 Cinema "Les Fauvettes"
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cinema "les fauvettes"
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Cinéma "Les Fauvettes" opening ceremony November 5th 2015,  for les cinémas Gaumont Pathé, 58 avenue des Gobelins 75013 PARIS



trip to angouleme with LAA team for the Multimedia centre foundation Stone Ceremony

6 Juillet 2012 :  foundation stone ceremony.

Septembre 2012 : beginning of the construction site.

Who Are We?


Who we are

Loci Anima was founded by Francoise Raynaud in 2002 after 18 years at Jean Nouvel. The creation of the agency was not born of a "burning desire" but rather of extenuating personal circumstances. Life offered me a new direction, symbolically ending what was a long apprenticeship in architecture. It was at that moment that the idea of the agency came to me."

Pierre Mas, a sailor and childhood friend encouraged the venture. Pierre helped set up the new business and collaborated with Francoise Raynaud on the construction of two America's Cup bases. One in Auckland, New Zealand and the other in Valencia, Spain. Two buildings intrinsic to the history of the agency.

Alexandra du Couedic, who comes from the world of Communications, worked at the Auckland base built by Françoise Raynaud. After a stint with the Havas group, and intrigued by the architectural profession, Alexandra came on board to assist with initial agency operations. She helped in the organisational areas and then decided to put her skills towards the overall development of Loci Anima.

Jonathan Thornhill, an English architect who had worked on many complex and technical projects abroad for Jean Nouvel and for Shigeru Ban, decided to settle in France and become fully immersed in the new agency.


The agency today

In 10 years, the agency has completed 99 projects. It now boasts a multidisciplinary and multicultural team of 25 people.
Its trademark can be described in few words: a refusal to accept the norm and preconceived ideas. All possibilities must be envisioned. Before designing a project, an investigation is carried out involving in-depth study of the place and its context, an understanding of the issues, a lot of upfront research. Efficiency and economy are at the heart of the approach, it doesn't take a lot to be creative, empathetic and generous.
An innovative approach to architectural design and urban planning combined with a rigorous and pragmatic methodology. The completed project is always unique and compliant to laws and constraints, but also, goes beyond any simple business strategy, to encompass the human factors, emotions and an intuition devoid of the predictable and the formulaic.
"What is exciting is each project generates a new adventure and the discovery of a very different universe each time."
Faced with the challenges of tomorrow's cities, Loci Anima prioritises the impact of environmental concerns on architectural and urban design. Each of the projects addresses these concerns with sensitivity and takes into account the need for people to reconnect with nature, to find peace...a place of rest. If the Earth is considered a garden, our projects are like plants. They are not merely something an architect designs. They carry with them an element of mystery, connected to their environment but also to how the owners and occupants wish to live within them.


The Agency of tomorrow

For Francoise Raynaud, the agency of the future must connect us to nature, to one another and to the subject. The workplace as well as the projects produced must communicate this vision. "A work space is not or is no longer just a single place where you go to do a job. With the new technologies of today, you can work from anywhere. I don't want those who work with me to spend 8 hours a day at the Agency. There are those who work better from home in the mornings, others the evenings. There are multiple workplaces. Indeed I dream of the agency being a place to live life, where one can come and create, sculpt, draw, paint in a studio space, but also a space to dine, to invite friends to (as Parisian apartments are often too small for entertaining) or simply share your passions and interests. Not simply a work space, but a space in which to create and to share."  The agency of the future should embody, on a daily basis, the "third place" in the sense that Oldenbourg referred to. A place that resonates with the mind and body, a place of dreams as well as reality, a place where one breaks down the boundaries between the private and public. A place created by each individual and shared with the world.



-> Junior Architect
As part of a study phase of a seven-storey wooden office building we are looking for a Junior Architect H / F to take an immediate post.
You Integrate a project design team. You get your instructions directly from the project manager and report on a daily basis.
- You prepare and develop the drawings related to the project
- You assist, when required, the coordination of the project team
- You contribute to other projects, if required by the project manager
- You are adaptable and able to work well in a team
- You are able to take initiatives in response to a request from the project leader
- You are able to understand and formulate proposals
- You are able to work under pressure and respect a deadline
- You know the following software: Autocad, PhotoShop, InDesign Office, SketchUp
Contract: Freelance

-> Architect Assistant Project Manager
As part of a study phase of a wooden office building on seven levels we are looking for an architect assistant project manager H / F for an immediate post.
You Integrate a project design team. You get your instructions directly from the project manager and report on a daily basis.
- You prepare and develop the drawings related to the project
- You assist, when required, the coordination of the project team
- You ensure the responsibility, where required by the project manager, of a specific part of the project, including site monitoring
- You work in liaison with the other members of the project management team
- You are familiar with CSTB procedures and technical standards
- You contribute to other projects, if required by the project manager
- You have between 2 and 5 years of experience
- experience in the development of office and / or building projects
- You are adaptable and able to work well in a team
- You are able to take initiatives in response to a request from the project leader
- You are able to understand and formulate proposals
- You are able to work under pressure and respect a deadline
- You understand and assimilate the financial aspects of the project
- You know the following software: Autocad, PhotoShop, InDesign Office, SketchUp
Contract: Freelance

YOU CAN SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATIONS TO: recrutement@loci-anima.com

Our projects videos
Paris & Paris conurbation
Oz Tower... Over the rainbow (offices)

Oz Tower...Over the rainbow

Office Tower at La Défense, FRANCE

The competition for a high-rise office tower on the outskirts of La Défense, was launched by investors in Puteaux. The brief was not merely to build yet another high-rise, a further expression of capitalist power in this contemporary setting. But rather to construct a distinctive building in an expression of architectural prowess. A building that plays on the three elements of air, water and light and which creates a rainbow in its wake. A veritable colour palette inscribed over the historical axis of the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe...

New Wave (housing)

New Wave

Social Housing in Romainville, FRANCE

How to reveal the soul of this suburb,that is without particular charm nor any major landmark, through the creation of social housing? That is the issue facing the Romainville project, which is a tribute to the city and its people. The architectural expression sought to create an anchor point, a landmark which relates well to the whole environment and in which everyone can feel proud to live. Despite significant budgetary constraints, the Romainville housing broadens the horizons: sloping facades with engraved plant motifs, balcony gardens, oblique slots which allow the light to pass through...

A jacket for the Winter (offices)

A jacket for the Winter

Renovation of the Zehrfuss in Saint Denis, France

A building that dresses itself when it's cold, and undresses when it's hot! That is the principle of the restoration of the Zehrfuss tower in Saint- Denis, the winning project in the Low Carbon Renovation competition organised by the EDF in 2009. Created by the architect Bernard Zehrfuss in 1970, the building was certainly innovative but poorly insulated. The project focuses on this characteristic whilst preserving the originality of the façade. With opening windows, the building breathes in the summer without the use of air conditioning. Thanks to the fluted concrete structure and thermal bridge facades, the heat is expelled to the outside. In winter, inflatable blinds constructed from a highly insulating transparent material (EFTE) descend the length of the cables and cover the exterior.

One thousand and one piercings (equipment)

One thousand and one piercings

The renovation of the Gaumont Embassy Cinema, Paris, FRANCE

How to restore and recreate the majesty of the famous Gaumont Embassy situated on the corner of the Champs Élysées and rue Colisée, whilst creating a cinematic symbol of the future? The project had to adhere to the many regulations (heating, security and urban planning) yet create a truly 'remarkable' modern urban theatre. The building is a visual sensation; a glass façade and a perforated glass screen decorated with a bright luminous canopy. It has created a transparent inner pedestrian space allowing a view onto the lobby of the basement cinema.  The theatre rooms are dark and open onto the city.

Freeze Frame (equipment)

Freeze Frame

Restoration of the Gaumont Gobelins Cinema, Paris, FRANCE

With their « Cinema of Nostalgia », Pathe offers the public a programme of remastered classics. The restoration project of the old Gobelins complex is inspired by this art of cinematography. It restores the historic significance of the site by placing it within innovative architecture. The entrance to the theatre is via the original restored grid which has a pixelated artistic display screen: resulting in public works of art displayed on the two main facades. Inside the theatre, a conservatory houses the reception areas, a cafe, and a bookstore all surrounding an interior garden. The space encourages people of all ages to take the time to linger, to wander and to experience the ambiance before or after a screening, at any hour of the day.



Visit the "cinéma Les Fauvettes " with the architect Francoise Raynaud

The Truant (mixed-use)

The Truant

Housing, offices and school at Boulogne-Billancourt, France

How to articulate a dense brief for social housing, tertiary accommodation, and offices in a city block that already has a school at its centre? By representing the school buildings as a rural landscape which the other buildings open onto. The gymnasium has been concealed beneath a large green space which butts up against the school, so that the recreation areas open onto spacious terraces and gardens. The housing and the offices enjoy a completely leafy view. They themselves are designed as instruments of biodiversity, beehives for solitary bees have been installed on the roofs to encourage pollination. The social housing comes complete with small vegetable gardens. The halls of residence has installed bird perches. The offices open onto planted terraces.

Take a Walk in the Woods (housing)

Take a Walk in the Woods

Social Housing in the heliotrope Woods, Tolbiac, Paris, France

The competition for building social housing in Tolbiac, on land formerly used by the SNCF, contained a trifecta of constraints. The location of a bridge above the tracks, the wrong orientation in relation to the sun, and the lack of leeway offered by the social housing planning specifications. A lightweight construction based on an entirely wooden structure allowed us to design an innovative building of great height. Thanks to a frame which does not require a bearing wall, houses could be added as and when required. The higher levels benefit from a twist at the top to capture more light. The design of the three buildings affords each resident large terraces with cottage gardens and the most uninterrupted views possible. Covered with coloured wood (TRESPA), blue Seine side, ochre sun side, they nestle into the landscape like urban compasses.


Entomology lesson (equipment)

Entomology lesson 

Palais de Justice, Paris, France

The competition for the new Batignolles Courthouse required the construction of a tower. The project was designed around the concept of temperance. It is divided into 2 separate entities: a public building to be located on a large plot grouping courtrooms around a large nave; and a 160m high office tower located on the smaller plot which could not shade the existing housing. Drawing inspiration from the rounded roofs of iconic Parisian buildings (the dome of les Invalides, Grand Palais), the tower is designed to portray an image of a more accessible, more humane justice for all. Both buildings open to the north via large glass facades. It is protected to the South by an innovative thermal shell made up of solar panels, designed to use the light and allow one to enjoy the view.

Responsible Transparency (offices)

Responsible Transparency

Headquarters of the FDCL, Paris, France

The headquarters of the FDCL, built in the mid-2000s, takes full advantage of its south facing orientation and the exceptional view onto the Ledoux rotonda at La Villette.  It has an immense glass façade which provides the heart of its identity. Double glazing and internal blinds regulate the heat and the glare whilst taking full advantage of the light and the view. As for the courtyard, the idea was to create an urban landscape and thus a level of office space. The access ramp to the parking building is planted and the meeting rooms look out onto the greenery. This is the complete package, environmentally responsible and energy efficient.

DNA Tower (housing)

DNA Tower

Residential tower, perched on the Seine at Issy-les-Moulineaux, FRANCE

Bordering the Seine and opposite île St Germain, the DNA residential tower creates an exceptional entrance to the city of Issy les Moulineaux.  Its sheer volume and the treatment of the facades, plus its interior morphology create an exceptional quality of life for its residents. The building boasts non-over lapping terraces, with vast open space above each one. These terraces enjoy uninterrupted views of the Seine and over Paris, and allow for the creation of actual gardens in the sky.

A game of kaplas (offices)

A game of kaplas

Offices in Issy-les-Moulineaux,FRANCE

At the intersection of the railway lines (RER and Tramway) and the Seine, the building is developed around a large landscaped area opening onto the water. Designed to accommodate the offices of several companies on a prestigious piece of real estate, it has been likened to a game of kapla. The uniform treatment of its stacked overlapping facades allows for large terrace-gardens oriented towards the Seine. It is a building of exceptional character which rejuvenates the aesthetic of standard commercial architecture.

A tower with three faces (offices)

A tower with three faces

A "propeller" Tower, Offices in Issy-les-Moulineaux, FRANCE

Due to a tight economic context this project forces a rethink on the traditional notion of a tower. The idea was to position the building so that it moulded to the triangular parcel of land. The triangular shape allows the construction of a building of uninterrupted views that is well-integrated into its territory.  Three different buildings joined together, with customised facades that interact with their environment: to the West, opposite the park Ile St Germain, is a green planted façade which appears as an extension of the park. To the South-west, opposite the Seine, there is a ventilated double skin that provides protection from the sun whilst preserving the view over the water. To the South-east, the horizontal metal blades act as a sun shade. The tower's technical service rooms, located at the summit, have been elevated so as to be camouflaged. Metal pellets at the crown of the tower that vibrate in the wind lend the building a poetic dimension.

Koala Tower (housing)

Koala Tower

Accommodation in Issy-les-Moulineaux, FRANCE

Between the Seine and the street, the brief demanded apartments deigned for sale, social housing and a crèche. The project required a distinction between the two housing programmes whilst integrating them into the greater whole. Thus the idea of a "koala" construction was born: two buildings stuck to each other, one smaller than the other (like a baby koala) and linked at the base by the crèche. As for the DNA tower, the hallmark of the project is the line of the non-overlapping balconies, the sense of space, the views and the open sky afforded each apartment.

Made in Japan (equipment)

made in japan

Shopping Mall Sainte- Genevieve-des-Bois, FRANCE

How to build, in Europe's largest commercial zone and amongst a cacophony of signs and advertising, a shopping mall which differentiates itself from the others? The architectural work focused on the façade, designed as a large glass curtain with the retailers' banners running along the inside. Inspired by the mobile advertising for boutique barbers in Japan, it has created an original and innovative display medium.

Vertical Street (offices)

Vertical Street

Offices, Accommodation and retail at Issy les Moulineaux, France

Freeing up space on the ground and limiting the impact of offices to make room for retail stores, restaurants, public spaces, in a word, the lifeblood of a city, such has been the focus of this project. The office tower is made up of 5 superimposed buildings which sit 28m above the ground and are interspersed by leafy gardens. Between 0 and 25 meters, a shopping street both covered and open-air runs through the site, lined with restaurants, public squares and apartments.
Located on the banks of the Seine, the offices and the apartments enjoy exceptional views onto l'île St Germain and the St Cloud hills. The 5 facades conjure up the 5 elements. Earth (a planted facade), Sun (solar-panelled facade), Air (facade of horizontal windpumps), Water (façade with demisters) and Metal, the 5th element in Asia (façade of metal mesh). Despite this project not being actioned, other projects have been constructed on the land in Issy les Moulineaux, and it has inspired the luxury apartment project in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

House of desires (hotel)

House of desires

Ibis Accommodation concept

For this design ideas competition, the objective was to design a low-cost room for families as well as businessmen, easily developed to a large scale. All the features were to coexist in only 14.5m2, taking into account the important ecological and hygienic constraints whilst striving to offer a pleasant location to all for either rest and/or business.  The idea was to optimise the space by:
-    Limiting the compartmentalisation (open plan bathroom) and by creating a system of removable Privacy screens,
-    Playing with adaptable and functional design (bed head may be used as a breakfast tray, writing desk, computer terminal...)
-    Creating different ambiance by the 5 plays of ambient light, according to the needs and biological rhythms of the day.

The Happiness of the day (hotel)

The Happiness of the day

Mercure hotel rooms

How to renovate this Marseille hotel without closing the rooms for too long? The idea was to work with a shipyard. As for a boat interior, the furniture was manufactured in the factory and then cut to allow reconstruction on-site in less than 4 weeks per level (10,000 euros per room). Each room has been designed as a large and unique modular space. It is de-compartmentalised while still respecting the need for privacy, is bathed in natural light, is functional (multifunction tablet) and as streamlined as a ship's cabin.

Projects in France
Penthouses on all floors (housing)

Penthouses on all floors

Intergenerational housing and positive energy, Anglet, France

The town of Anglet launched a creative campaign to revitalise and densify the town whilst preserving the land and avoiding urban sprawl. In response, 5 residential towers inspired by kerns, each 50m high. The proposed dwelling is trans generational, to maintain and create a sense of community through a mix of young families, students, the young and active and the elderly. It is comprised of penthouses in which the domestic configuration affords a high quality of life, for example by not having a neighbour directly above the terrace. The wind turbines on the roof ensure the electrical autonomy of the buildings, whilst the collection of storm water allows the optimisation of the Pays Basque's valuable natural resources.

Like a child’s game (public equipment)

Like a child's game

The multi-media library in Angoulême, France

The project is part of the restoration of the Houmeau district, one of the oldest quarters in Angoulême, which was destroyed during the Second World War. In 2009 the Council decided to modernise and revitalise the area. Connected to the station by a footbridge, the library is a space for social connection, a place of cultural and community life for the 24 municipalities of Greater Angoulême. It aims to be the place most often frequented outside of one's work and home. The project was conceived as a stack of 5 coloured boxes, linked by bridges. They represent 5 worlds, 5 different scenes set in a garden, all conducive to making connections, to new beginnings and new encounters.

Patchwork in the City (offices)

Patchwork in the City

Offices in Metz, France

The city of Metz is developing a new quarter close to the station and opposite the George Pompidou centre. In this concentrated zone, where several architectural styles overlap, the agency retained the patchwork theme in the construction of its low cost office buildings. Four facades, four orientations, four different design expressions. The East-facing facades feature printed blinds, South-facing is open to the outside with wooden shutters to protect from the sun, the West facades feature treated timber and the North facades are in a minimalist style, with foliage growing on stainless steel cables.

Mediterranean Braiding (offices)

Mediterranean Braiding

Offices in Montpellier, France

The agency was commissioned to build offices in the concentrated industrial zone (CAZ) created to the south of Montpellier. The project was to build some very economical buildings, indicating an area in constant flux. Two 25m high structures, one black and one white, create an urban landmark in this developing landscape. The architectural work was focussed on the facades: inspired by the wicker baskets of the region, a braided canvas is used with the special feature of being wider to the North to let the light through and denser to the South to provide protection from the sun.  The design also takes into account the slope of the land by creating a detached effect at the south end, as if the building were on stilts.

Shopping in an English garden (equipment)

Shopping in an English garden

Image Technopolis at Cannes, France

The city of Cannes wanted to rehabilitate its western district, La Boca, a popular Cannes bastion by developing an area bordered by tennis courts and parkland. On the programme : retail shops, offices, a large multiplex, digital IT room all within an imposed 15m height restriction. The idea was to use the natural aspects of the space, by proposing a landscape built around and in a vast garden. One part of the project that did not require natural light, was positioned underground (cinema, bowling alley, certain retail stores), while another (Digital room) was suspended up high, to allow Mother Nature to be master of the spaces.

Stealth Shopping (equipment)

Stealth Shopping

Commercial Centre, Meaux, France

How to construct a shopping centre in an agricultural area on the outskirts of Meaux without altering the landscape nor hindering the environment? The 'stealth' building addresses this concern, by being designed as an open air, agrarian landscape. The parking lot and the cars are hidden under a sloping piece of land. Strip shopping is built on two hectares of park. Long boardwalks, areas for strolling about, and a botanical garden combine all the simple pleasures in one place, walking, shopping and relaxing. The waste water is treated by the garden filtering system, and the rain water by the terraced roofs, giving the whole project an environmentally friendly quality.

A bipolar Chameleon (offices + housing)

A bipolar Chameleon

Accommodation and Office Building in Lyon Confluence, France

How to construct a building of accommodation and offices without cementing the divide between these two types of occupation? By ensuring that each m2 built can be assigned to either housing or office space as and when the needs dictate. By also refusing to allow thousands of square metres of office space to sit vacant when a housing shortage occurs or vice versa. Therein lies the challenge proposed by this project in Lyon Confluence's business district, which is based on the height specifications for offices (2.70m) and not on the housing measurements (2.50m and lower). The continuous balconies running along the apartment fronts thus become corridors for the new generation offices (see draft of the Munich project). The awnings protect independently the offices and the apartments from the sun. This building, able to evolve and develop as required, is also thermally innovative.

International Projets
Siamese Twin towers (housing)

Siamese Twin towers 

Luxury Apartment Towers in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Impressed by the Issy les Moulineaux project, Vietnamese investors commissioned the agency to build 6 x100 metre luxury apartment towers. Two main concerns moderated the project: free up the space on the ground and ensure unimpeded views; create a communal living space steeped in local culture whilst preserving the privacy of each home. The project is divided into two arches. The façade is a ductal trellis wall which protects from the tropical sun. Each apartment has a terrace and platforms are arranged to create community spaces. Bands of colour allow for easy identification from the street. At the base: shops, offices, and a hotel.  On the top floors: penthouses with private swimming pools.

Dragon in the City (ephemeral equipment)

Dragon in the City

Base for China's Sailing team in the America's Cup, Spain

Transparency and climatic adaptability are the two pillars of design in this building built in Valencia, Spain. The base was designed as a giant showcase: the boat and the team's activities are clearly visible from the street and from the terrace walkways. An analysis of the site and the climate dictated that the building use natural ventilation and mist spraying so as to be comfortable in the summer. The base related back to the region's traditional coastal architecture which uses the thermal breezes as a natural cooling system. The facades were designed using ETFE foil while a red canvas structure spanned the building, creating the silhouette of an enormous dragon against the landscape.

Eco Class (ephemeral equipment)

Eco Class

An Antipodean container building, Auckland, New Zealand

There were two main issues surrounding the build of the French team's base for the America's Cup in Auckland: The allotted budget and its location on the other side of the world. The team equipment was to be transported from France by sea in shipping containers, so the idea came about to use the containers in the construction of the base. Thus was born a 4 storey building of stacked containers, supported by scaffolding. Terraces, meeting rooms, gymnasium, cafeteria, offices and workshops became home to 60 members of the team for 8 months. The building was installed in 5 weeks. Total cost, including transport, was 500 EUR/m2. An unusual project for which the agency received the New Zealand prize for innovation.

A Supersonic island (equipment)

A Supersonic island

An island dedicated to music, Seoul, South Korea

This international design competition called for the reconversion of Hanna Island as an island dedicated to music. On the brief, a 1500-seat concert hall, and underground room for experimental music, a large grassed open-air concert area, associated businesses, (a music school, theatre...)....the idea was to adapt to the continental climate of the island and to heed the important tidal range of the Yellow Sea on the Korean coasts. The concerts are oriented towards the water in summer, utilising the pontoons, and in winter are held on the covered lawns. The project, which received the Jury prize, was designed as a way of using electronic devices of variable geometry combined with the concept of mobility using an architectural handwriting inspired by the 5 senses: the Opera shines in candy colours, one building evokes sweetness and the other a softness...

German attitude (offices + hotel)

German Attitude

Offices and Hotel, Munich, Germany

For this feasibility study of an office building in Munich, the project sought an innovative approach in a German context already very focused on sustainable development. The idea was to make the most of the outside light, in designing living frameless facades. Offices with their computers are set back from the outer edges. Here they no longer have to be protected from the brightness. On the contrary, they benefit from the natural light which they can fully enjoy. This creates open well-lit space at the outer borders which assists in regulating the temperature of the building.

The Hotel

Integrated into the office building, a hotel emerges with its focus on a simple fact:  people travelling on business who stay at the hotel also require natural light in their bathroom. The bathrooms thus open onto the facades, benefitting from the light in a play of transparency and opalescence. They also open onto the bedrooms to make them even brighter. The roof tops, dedicated to entertainment and leisure areas are fully equipped and generously planted.
The office facades "a patchwork of recycled materials" are the expression of frameless construction linked to the concept of new generation offices.

Seen from China (shop + offices)

Seen from China

Cartier House in Beijing, China

For this direct request, in collaboration with Jean Nouvel, Cartier House was draped in red.  At the heart of one of Peking's most prestigious and luxurious avenues, it borrows from the precious nature of wood and the symbolic roofline of traditional Chinese architecture. The privacy and intimacy of the House is portrayed by a succession of perforated panels which allow one to discover, at the very heart of the building, a beautiful internal garden bathed in natural light.  To best showcase the jewellery, the light is controlled, subdued and hidden....  The perforated panels control the intake of light and equally protect the offices from the sun.

The team
Françoise Raynaud (associate)

Françoise Raynaud

the belly of an architect

Concept and materials/ Body and Soul / the real and the virtual/ nature and culture

Architecture, as a discipline of reality, tames material/subject with the five senses. The resultant synthesis unlocks within us a universe of emotions opening onto a world where the invisible, the unspeakable and even the irrational are welcomed. In such places, there is mystery. Our brain, built to think and to design spaces, is it not also something that we must nourish?
Does not what we consume define us better that anything we can say about ourselves?
What I eat tells my social and geographical story, my family history.
This is the story I have chosen to tell, the story I want to share.

Pertaining to what I eat and therefore perhaps to who I am, here are a few of my principles:
1) For want of defying the forbidden, I prefer to limit the permissible...
2) Opposed to Nature when she is brutal and endorses survival of the fittest...
3) With Nature when it comes to respect for the living...
4) Against proselytising on behalf of my own freedom!

Scrupulous Darwinian (for want of a more probable theory), I push my rejection of allelophagia in space and time.
I eat those living creatures farthest from our evolutionary chain. That consists primarily of vegetables and a great number of aquatic animals; if they are not threatened and not too evolved, with the exception of gastropods and cephalopods which seem to me all particularly close (their proximity not entirely clarified to this day).
I try to respect Nature and all the creatures with whom we will share this earth for a few billion years to come.

I am just trying to live my life in harmony with my ideas.

With regard to architecture, suffice to say:
1)    Ensure ethics are at the heart of our work, do not always do what we are asked and / or authorised to do : DISOBEY
2)    Consider, even if the question is not asked, the contribution to the wellbeing of the greatest number : ECONOMISE
3)    Always reflect on what we leave behind for future generations, work on the reversibility of all our decisions: BE HUMBLE.
4)    Fight against both grand theories and preconceived ideas. Privilege of experience, namely to question the most commonly held views: CHALLENGE RECEIVED WISDOM

Each project is an ideology, each project is always an opportunity to advance one's thinking!

Jonathan Thornhill (associate)

Jonathan Thornhill


From Nottingham Forest via the picturesque Devonshire countryside then the toughness of a crippled Manchester during the Thatcher years, I finally landed in Paris. In the midst of a full architectural boom-town that was Mitterand's Paris, I worked in one of the finest Parisian agencies combining anglo-saxon methodology with my international experience. I was able to travel all over the world, managing projects in Prague, New York, Seoul and Tokyo. I am able to put this professional experience to good use in developing our accomplishments and our French, European and Asian architectural projects. I also teach technical courses at ENSA-V. Our lives are a collage of experiences and stories in the soul and memory of each of us. Architecture should reveal these same organic and living aspects of a city through its contemporary buildings.

Alexandra du Couëdic (associate)

Alexandra du couedic

ASSOCIATE, finance and development

Pierre Mas (associate)



Pierre Mas, a sailor and childhood friend encouraged the venture. Pierre helped set up the new business and collaborated with Francoise Raynaud on the construction of two America's Cup bases. One in Auckland, New Zealand and the other in Valencia, Spain. Two buildings intrinsic to the history of the agency.

Marine Bichot

Marine Bichot

A graduate of the school of 'architecture de la ville et du territoire', I completed my diploma HMONP within the agency. After a successful internship, I joined the Loci Anima family in 2012, working on projects such as Angoulème's multi-media library and the Gaumont Gobelins cinema. I perceive architecture as an element inscribed into the environment, at the service of its users; eliminating the superfluous and focussing on the value of the materials. The sharing of knowledge between the architect, design schools and companies has great significance in my vision of architectural quality. I also love discovering the different cultures that make up our little planet, wandering through wide open spaces and watching the night fall on couples dancing to the rhythm of kizomba and samba.

Alexandre Brassart

Alexandre Brassart

After having studied classes at Paris Val de Seine, I specialised in 3D design. Since 2009 I have worked in the agency as a 3D modeller on most of the projects. The 3D software is essential for the design of complex shapes, it allows us to make the link between the architect, the model maker, the perspectivist but also with the design schools. It makes the project understandable for the client and the public. Modelling is a fundamental aspect of the development and dissemination of the project. Outside of my work, I love getting in touch with Nature and especially feeling warm sand between my toes, "There, everything is order and beauty, luxury, peaceful and voluptuous."

Cecile Celeste

Cecile Celeste

Architecture is the coming together of art and technology, that is what made me decide to become an architect! My studies opened my horizons, from Paris to Montreal. After graduating in 2007, I left to work in Rotterdam, at Rem Koolhaas-OMA. Upon returning to Paris, I joined the Manuelle Gautrand agency and worked on the Gaité Lyrique, le palais des festivals de Cannes and Europa City. In 2009 I joined Loci Anima as project Manager for the Department of Defense, in a team with Dominique Perrault, then on the Future Palais de Justice de Paris with the Mimram agency and next the Boulogne offices.  I love working in a team, having an aperitif on the terrace with colleagues and friends, and I love to travel!

Vincent Laplante

Vincent Laplante

Canadian-born, I studied architecture in Montreal. Graduating in 1997 I settled in France in 1999, and first worked with Jean Nouvel. I came to Loci Anima in 2010 to join the team on PPP: Ballard (Ministry of Defence) Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris and private enterprises like the Immeuble de Grande Hauteur d'Issy-les-Moulineaux.  I am sensitive to the needs of the environment and the appropriateness of a building's façade and structure.
As soon as I have a little free time, I seek refuge in Provence, to me the most beautiful place in the world.

Delphine Lottin

Delphine Lottin

Graduating in architecture in 1998, I worked in Parisian agencies for 15 years before joining Loci Anima in March 2013.  I am currently working on the tertiary campus at Issy les Moulineaux.  I love above all being on site, following the execution plans, being in the field.  My refuge is my house in Montreuil. I designed it specifically to capture all the light that is so lacking in Paris!

Xavier Maunoury

Xavier Maunoury

Originating from Toulouse, I arrived in Paris in 2004 to finish my studies at l'école de Paris la Villette. At the same time I joined the agency Wilmotte & Associates for 3 years. I worked on international projects (hotel accommodation in Moscow, the International School of Geneva, urban planning in Amman, Jordan...) I joined Loci Anima in 2007 where I was in charge of the Angoulême multi-media Library and the Gaumont Pathé cinemas ( Gaumont Ambassade et Gaumont Gobelins). Passionate about the theatre, as a spectator, the stage has now become my second "TV"...

Sylve Truyman

Sylve Truyman

Graduating in architecture in 2008 and a native of Angoulême, I arrived at Loci Anima to work on the Angoulême multi-media Library project, then the stadium and the APS. I have since worked on massive projects like the high court (PPP) and the Issy bridge tower (HIG). I also assume certain responsibilities relating to communications and to our portfolio book. Outside of my work, I am a member of an association which helps homeless people.

Agnieszka Wogiel

Agnieszka Wogiel

Originating from Poland, I arrived in France to study architecture at ESA then at ENSAPB.  Since 2007 I have worked on a mixed portfolio of many different projects: (housing, commercial, and industrial) in France, Belgium, Poland and Russia, as well as the Archives Nationales de France project at Massimiliano Fuksas. Since I arrived at Loci Anima in 2010, I have collaborated on different agency projects and since 2011 have been in charge of the Koala and DNA towers at Issy les Moulineaux.  Fascinated by the fusion of the arts, I split my time between architecture and painting.

Manabu Yamanouchi

Manabu Yamanouchi

After graduating in Architecture in Japan in 2002, I first worked a year in France for Architecture Studio and then a year in Japan at Tadamasa KANO workshop. I returned to France in 2004 to get my degree at the Paris Val de Seine School of architecture.  I met Francoise Raynaud at this time. For the last 10 years I have worked mainly on the design phase in developing data volumes in 3D and 2D. Sometimes I do detailed studies in 3D. As a Japanese architect, I would love it if one day the agency could have some projects over there. In the meantime, as an amateur sportsman I play rugby in Paris...in a Japanese team!



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