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Cities and buildings are SYMBOLS.
Symbols of our constant quest
for an ideal environment,
they are the most powerful
and enduring witnesses
of our civilization.
Each stone, each window,
each street tells a story.
A story that grows richer,
more replete with the passage of time.
Architects and Planners
are the TOOLS society employs
to manifest the shape of each new era.

Albert Abut

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Albert Abut is a French architect, a graduate of the prestigious Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux- Arts in Paris. His architecture is defined by the innovative spirit of French culture, his own distinct creativity, and a specific vision of architecture and urban planning.

The past 25 years, he has spent living between France and Japan, immersed in Japanese history and culture, and the Paris and Tokyo avant-garde scenes, which have inspired him in realizing many buildings; his buildings have been characterized as having a “specific minimalism with attention to detail”.

He is also a naval architectural expert, and his knowledge of the materials and technologies used in extreme conditions (wind, salt, humidity, heat, cold...) informs every construction project; he aspires to development buildings that integrate the latest and most advanced building materials and technologies with force and elegance.

This unique background provides a distinct approach to architectural and urban developments.

RECENT TENDENCIES

VISION I

ALLIANCE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND DESIGN

Albert Abut is a pioneer in energy efficient & sustainable building technologies; he started research in this field as an Assistant Professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. Since then he has applied energy efficient design with the use of sustainable materials and technologies with all of his building projects. His present research is on the principle of the “Third skin”:

“Each project is a conceptual and creative adventure that requires imagination and endurance. This adventure, in which I engage with my team, draws on all kind of sources of inspiration: from our past, present and future, as well as our direct and indirect environments. At the end, each one of these adventures must engender a timeless and progressive solution for mankind.

Presently, my research is focused on two of the five senses: touch and sight, which I interpret as the touch of a building. For me, a building is what I call the “third skin” (the first being our natural skin, the second our clothing). This third skin should act as an intelligent skin like that of any living being dwelling on our planet.”

“Like human skin, which recognizes heat and cold, dryness and the humidity, and air velocity, and like the human eye, which recognizes different shades and colors of light, and responds in a pro-active way towards each one of these elements, the “third skin,” the exterior enveloping a building, must assume a perfect conceptual and technological coordination between the architectural, the structural, the mechanical, the electrical components and the inner spaces.

This human environment which I progressively attempt to improve with various technologies and different innovative materials, is also enriched by permanent research on fluidity patterns, providing an overwhelming sensation of weightlessness within the realms of the real and the unreal.

My buildings are made to transmit in various ways and give materiality to the vibrations governing our floating universe”.

Albert Abut

VISION II

EDO21 REBUILDING TOKYO

Since 2004, Albert Abut is working on an extensive proposal to rebuild all “Shuto” expressways and JR railways under the channels and rivers of Tokyo over which they were built in the Sixties.

These channels and rivers were making the charm of old Edo called the Venice of the East and depicted in the paintings of Hiroshige and Hokusai.

This major project would allow Tokyo to regain it's historical urban grid, open all waterways and bridges to the sky, create parks and promenades along the waterways but mostly provide natural light to the lower floors of the buildings built along these waterways.

In 2005, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi actually referred to this proposal in order to offer to his citizens a better urban environment.

VISION III

REBUILDING TOHOKU

The 3/11 devastation in the Tohoku area will trigger dramatic changes in urban and rural planning methodologies at coastal regions of Japan.

Many projects are already on the drawing boards. Nevertheless they are having difficulties to materialize as discussions and negotiations with the Local Mayors and Local Governments have a hard time to match with the Ministry of Finance’s (MoF) expectations as the funds allocated by the MoF are yet to be efficiently dispatched to different localities.

Solutions under study at our firm will necessitate massive earth works at higher grounds but also new harbor engineering features involving knowledge of the sea bed conditions and tsunami mechanisms.

BODY & MIND

CULTURE, MUSEUMS, LIBRARIES, CONCERT HALLS, EDUCATION, SCHOOLS, UNIVERSITIES, TRAINING CENTERS, SPORT COMPLEXES, STADIUMS

  • Dun Laoghaire Central Library Headquarters & Cultural Centre, Ireland. International Competition
  • Erfurt Cultural Center, Erfurt, Germany. Project
  • French-Japanese School extension building + RENOVATION OF THE EXISTING, Tokyo, Japan. Completed
  • Grand Egyptian Museum, Giza, Egypt. International Competition
  • Hakodate Public Library, Hokkaido, Japan. National Competition
  • Hakuju Hall Classical Music Concert Hall, Tokyo, Japan. Completed
  • Hiroshima Baseball Stadium, Minami-ku, Hiroshima, Japan. National Competition
  • Hot Ice, Cultural & Administrative Complex, Montreal, Canada. International Competition
  • Institut Franco-Japonais du Kansai RENOVATION, Kyoto, Japan. National Competition
  • LycEe Romain Rolland, Argenteuil, Paris, France. National Competition
  • Maison des Musees de France, for dai nippon printing (DNP) Ginza, Tokyo, Japan. Completed
  • Okinawa Christian School International, Yomitan, Okinawa, Japan. Completed
OKINAWA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL INTERNATIONAL | YOMITAN | OKINAWA

HOSPITALITY

RESORTS, HOTELS, APARTMENT-HOTELS, GOLFS, MARINAS, RESTAURANTS, CAFES, BARS, CLUBS

  • ANNUPURI Alpine Village, Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan. Project
  • AWAPIKO RESORT & SPA, EAST CAPE REGION, NEW ZEALAND. UNDER PLANNING
  • BORA BORA GOLF, 30 luxury villas and a 18 hole ECO-golf, Bora Bora, French Polynesia. Under Planning
  • Clark HOTEL, boutique hotel, Budapest, Hungary. Project
  • Club Med Kabira, Ishigaki Okinawa, Japan. Completed
  • Concept Hotel, Kyoto, Japan, PROJECT
  • Five Star Hotel, TESHIE, Accra, Ghana, Under Planning
  • FOUR restaurants in CRESCENT Complex, District 11, HCMC, Vietnam. Project
  • Ishigaki Resort Villas, ISHIGAKI, Okinawa, Project
  • Les Comptoirs de la Tour d’Argent, Daikanyama, Tokyo, Japan. Completed
  • NATADOLABAY MARINE & GOLF RESORT Master Plan, Sigatoka, Fiji. Completed
  • Restaurant L’Osier FOR SHISEIDO, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan, Completed
  • Rotisserie L’Ecrin, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan. Completed
  • the marmara TAKsim, 389 room Five Star Hotel renovation in Istanbul, Turkey. PROJECT
  • The Rose Hotel, Sydney, Australia. Completed
  • Westin Tokyo Spa, Ebisu Garden Place, Tokyo, Japan. Completed
  • YANQI GOLF VILLAS, YANQI, HUAIROU, BEIJING, CHINA. PROJECT
 
RESTAURANT L’OSIER | GINZA

RESIDENTIAL

SINGLE & MULTI FAMILY, APARTMENTS, CONDOMINIUMS, VILLAS, HOUSES

  • CONDOMINIUM BUILDING RENOVATION (31 UNITS) YOYOGI-HACHIMAN, SHIBUYA, TOKYO. COMPLETED
  • DuplexES & A Triplex (4 units), JINGUMAE, Tokyo, Japan. Completed
  • FranCoise House Apartment Building Renovation (8 units), NISHI-AZABU, Tokyo, Japan. Completed
  • HAUTE COUTURE SAIGON (110 units), HCMC, Vietnam. Project
  • LUXURY Residences, (32 units), Hiroo, Tokyo, Japan. Project
  • Private LUXURY Residence, Jiyugaoka, Tokyo, Japan. Project
  • Private luxury residence, chiba, japan. project
  • PRIVATE Residence, Nyanyanao, Accra, Ghana. Completed
  • PRIVATE RESIDENCE, Hatsudai, Tokyo, Japan. Completed
  • PRIVATE Residence, Prat-Paul, PLOUGUERNEAU, France. Completed
  • PRIVATE RESIDENCE, KERIDAOUEN, PLOUGUERNEAU, FRANCE. COMPLETED
  • PRIVATE apartment, Madrid, Spain. Completed
  • Renovation of a “Hotel Particulier”, Le Marais, Paris, France. Completed
  • Residential Linked-Towers (5 TOWERS & PRIVATE VILLAS IN TOTAL 700 units), TESHIE, Accra, Ghana. Under Planning
  • Residence with Onsen (hot springs), Ohiradai, Hakone, Japan. Completed
  • TR Apartments (38 units), NISHI-AZABU, Tokyo, Japan. Completed
TR APARTMENTS | NISHI-AZABU
HAUTE COUTURE SAIGON | HCMC

WORKPLACES

PUBLIC & ADMINISTRATIVE, CORPORATE, COMMERCIAL, RETAIL, SHOWROOMS, FACTORIES, LABORATORIES

  • AXA Direct Japan Offices , Ariake, Tokyo, JAPAN. Completed
  • BIO-TECHNOLOGY CENTER, OHTAKI, CHIBA, JAPAN. PROJECT
  • Bluebell offices & showrooms, nogizaka, tokyo, japan, completed
  • COSMOPOLITAN OFFICE INTERIORS, NOGIZAKA, TOKYO, JAPAN. COMPLETED
  • DF Office Interiors, Kasumigaseki, Tokyo, Japan. Completed
  • DRESSCODE BOUTIQUE, OMOTESANDO, TOKYO, JAPAN. COMPLETED
  • Dun & Bradstreet office interiors. Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan. Completed
  • Factory & Office Building in Tsu, Mie, Japan. PROJECT
  • Global Showroom Concept & Guidelines for LIXIL. project
  • GL Trade Office Interiors, Kasumigaseki, Tokyo, Japan. Completed
  • Hartrod Japan Office Interiors, Kamiyacho, Tokyo, Japan, Completed
  • Heart of Budapest, Budapest City Hall, Hungary. International Competition. PROJECT
  • Judicial Centre, Korneuburg, Austria. International Competition. PROJECT
  • LOUIS VUITTON RETAIL BUILDING, OMOTESANDO, TOKYO, JAPAN. PROJECT
  • Maison de la Paix, Geneva, Switzerland. International Competition. PROJECT
  • Mary Kay office interiors, ginza, tokyo, japan. Completed
  • MK SEED CENTER, TOKE, CHIBA, JAPAN. COMPLETED
  • MORGAN STANLEY JAPAN OFFICES RENOVATION, EBISU GARDEN PLACE, TOKYO, JAPAN. COMPLETED
  • Nissan Showrooms, all Japan. project
  • office Building aoyama 1-CHOME, Tokyo, Japan. Project
  • Office Building, CBD, Accra, Ghana. Under Planning
  • PARAMIT HI-TECH PRODUCTS FACTORY, PENANG, MALAYSIA. PROJECT
  • PHILIPS JAPAN HEADQUARTERS 10,000 M2 RENOVATION, TOKYO, JAPAN, COMPLETED
  • Porsche Showroom & offices, Osaka, Japan. Completed
  • Renault showroomS in shinagawa, ginza, toyosu & aoyama, tokyo, japan. Completed
  • Renovation Works Royal Netherlands Embassy, KAMIYACHO, Tokyo, Japan. Completed
  • Saint-Gobain Japan Headquarters Building & INTERIORS, KOJIMACHI, Tokyo, Japan. Completed
  • Shiseido HeadQUARTERS Renovation, GINZA, Tokyo, Japan. Completed
  • Skema Showroom BUILDING & INTERIORS, MiTA, Tokyo, Japan. Completed
  • SociEte Generale On-Line Offices & Bank Interiors, Tennozu & AKASAKA, Tokyo, Japan. Completed
  • The New French Embassy in Japan, Tokyo, Japan. Project
  • Venturi cars Showroom & offices, SHIBAKOEN, Tokyo, Japan. Completed
  • VIVENDI/VEOLIA Office Interiors, kojimachi, tokyo, japan. completed
  • Yves Saint-Laurent Fashion Offices, Kojimachi, Tokyo, Japan. Completed
MK SEED CENTER | TOKE | CHIBA
SHISEIDO HEADQUARTERS RENOVATION | GINZA | TOKYO
SAINT-GOBAIN HEADQUARTERS BUILDING | KOJIMACHI | TOKYO

MACROSPACES

URBAN PLANNING, DISTRICT PLANNING, MASTER PLANNING, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, MIXED USE, VERTICAL COMMUNITIES

  • Aquapolis. Omigawa & Tohnosho area Regional Planning, Chiba, Japan. Project
  • 75 HA Kohoku New Town CENTER South, Yokohama, Japan. Completed
  • Linked-towers, Under DEVELOPMENT
  • MIXED USE TOWER, YAESU, TOKYO, JAPAN. PROJECT
  • Nissan Design Center, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan. Project
  • Okinawa Honto Development Master Plan, Okinawa, Japan. Project
  • Orido Bay Redevelopment, Shimizu, Shizuoka, Japan. Project
  • Port and Cruise CENTER, KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan. International Competition. PROJECT
  • RIVERSIDE NEW TOWN & REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE PEARL RIVER DELTA REGION, guangzhou, CHINA. UNDER PLANNING
  • Solar South Park, highway rehabilitation, Calabria, Italy. International Competition. PROJECT
  • TATEBAYASHI DEVELOPMENT MASTER PLAN, GUNMA, JAPAN. COMPLETED
  • The Gateway, Istanbul, Turkey. Project
  • Waterfront Development, TESHIE, Accra, Ghana. Under Planning
WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT | TESHIE | ACCRA | GHANA
 
KOHOKU NEW TOWN CENTER SOUTH | YOKOHAMA | KANAGAWA

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS - ARTICLES | BOOKS - MAGAZINES

  • Kohoku New Town, in “1000x Landscape architecture”, Verlagshaus Braun, 1000 projects by well-known and established as well as by young and upcoming landscape architects.
  • The Saint-Gobain Headquarters building, Shiseido Headquarters Renovation, The grand Egyptian Museum, Hiroshima Base-ball Stadium,. in “100x400” RIHAN.CC_77 Vol.1, H.K. Rihan Int’l Culture Spread Limited, Shanghai, 100 famous international architectural practices, are selected.
  • Extension of the french-japanese high school in “The Sourcebook of Contemporary Architecture” published by Harper Collins Publishers, featuring the work of world–renowned architects.
  • Architect Albert Abut in “2000 Architects”, edited ,in Australia, The first edition of IMAGES’ world-wide pictorial directory of the world’s top 2000 architects and best-known firms.
  • extension of the French-Japanese High School and the Hakuju Hall, in “Tokyo Architecture & Design” Daab editions, Germany. 18 selected architects & designers which has established Tokyo as a reference point for designers from all over the world.
  • Hakuju hall in the “Louis Vuitton guide – tokyo", 2013-2014-2015-2016
  • Architecte albert abut in le monde newspaper,”La france aime-t-elle ses architectes-la france made in japan” May 2013
  • “Grateful architect has grand designs in store for disaster-prone Japan”” in The Japan Times, May 19th, 2012
  • “Eco-Architect Albert Abut on visit to Korea” in Maeil Business Newspaper, Dec 4th, 2010
  • In OCTOGON on Architect Albert Abut and his works, Hungary, January 2008
  • “Rebuilding Tokyo from doorknobs to bridges” in Asahi Shimbun/International Herald-Tribune, Japan, February 17-18, 2007
  • Architect Albert Abut and the third skin in Kenchiku Journal, Japan, November 2006
  • Biotechnology Centre, Chiba, Japan in Tasarim Organic Architecture, n˚148, Turkey, January February 2005
  • In die Höhe abgetaucht. Die Hakuju Concert Hall in Tokio, in DBZ Akustik, Germany, December 2004
  • The Future Laboratory on Hakuju Hall, UK, November 2004
  • “Ladies and Gentlemen we are floating in space”, in Frame Magazine, The Netherlands, July-August 2004
  • Hakuju Hall in Comfort n˚69, Japan, October 2003
  • The Daily Yomiuri on Hakuju Hall | “Care to sleep through some classical music ?” | Japan | October 27th 2003
  • The grand egyptian museum | in Citizen K | France | Spring 2003
  • Color and forms combine together to create sounds | in Detail n˚158 | Japan | October 2003
  • Liberation on Saint-Gobain building | “Le Japon en crise prise l’archi française” | France | February 19th, 2002
  • Kensetsu Gijutsu | Japan | October 2002
  • RESTAURANT L’OSIER | IN Hospitality Design | USA | March-April 2000
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST PRIZES | AWARDS

  • 2016 : LAUREATE | PHILIPS JAPAN HEADQUARTERS 10,000 M2 RENOVATION | TOKYO | JAPAN
  • 2013 : Competition LAUREATE | The Marmara Taksim 5 star | 389 room hotel renovation | Istanbul | Turkey
  • 2012 : Competition LAUREATE | Teshie OCEANFRONT Development | Accra | Ghana
  • 2011 : Honorable Mention | Solar South Park | Calabria | Italy
  • 2008 : Honorable Mention | JIA Architectural Lighting Design Competition | “99 Lighting Design” | Japan
  • 2008 : Competition finalist | the Clark Hotel | Budapest | Hungary
  • 2006 : Competition 2nd phase | LUXURY Residences | HIROO | Tokyo | Japan
  • 2006 : Competition 2nd phase | the New French Embassy BUILDING | MINAMI-AZABU | Tokyo | Japan
  • 2005 : Competition 2nd phase | Louis Vuitton flagship store | Omotesando | Tokyo | Japan
  • 2004 : Competition 2nd phase | the Romain Rolland School | ARGENTEUIL | Paris | France
  • 2003 : Competition LAUREATE | the Hakuju Hall | TOMIGAYA | SHIBUYA | Tokyo | Japan
  • 2002 : Competition LAUREATE | the TR apartment building | NISHI-AZABU | Tokyo | Japan
  • 2001 : Competition finalist | the Nissan Design Center | AtsugI | KANAGAWA | Japan
  • 2001 : Competition LAUREATE | LycEe Franco-Japonais Extension Building | FUJIMI | Tokyo | Japan

LATEST EXHIBITIONS | SYMPOSIUMS | CONFERENCES | WORKSHOPS | EVENTS

  • MAY 16 ~ 17, 2016 KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE “SMART SKYSCRAPERS SUMMIT” IN DUBAI I UAE UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF THE GOVERNMENT OF DUBAI AND DUBAI MUNICIPALITY “LINKED-TOWERS”
  • DECEMBER 16, 2015 SPEAKER “NOTHING IS FOR NOTHING!” AT ”STANDUPFORPASSION” EVENT AT SHINJUKU HILTON/TOKYO http://peatix.com/event/130178
  • MARCH 18TH, 2015 WORKSHOP SUSTAINABLE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SECTOR IN JAPAN AND ANALYSIS OF THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR EUROPEAN FIRMS AT THE DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO JAPAN I “Positioning of Architectural Firms and Procurement of Construction Materials & Technologies in Japan”
  • JUNE ~ NOVember 2014 VENICE Biennale design of the lixil stand at the PALAzzo Giustinian lolin
  • Sept 3rd, 2013 Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo I Japan “Bio-Climatological Architecture, Impact on Building Permit filings in the EU”
  • July 24th, 2013 Renewable Energy Forum, AT Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo I Japan “Bio-Climatological Architecture, Impact on Building Permit filings in the EU”
  • June 22nd, 2011 Yonsei University FACULTY OF MEDECINE, Seoul I Korea “Hybrid Buildings in Hybrid Cities”
  • May 8th, 2011 Build Tech Bangkok I Thailand “Hybrid Buildings in Hybrid Cities”
  • Feb 25th, 2011 National University of Singapore FACULTY OF URBAN PLANNING & ARCHITECTURE “Hybrid Buildings in Hybrid Cities”
  • Jan 12th, 2011 HIS EXCELLENCY The Environment Minister OF KOREA, MANNEE LEE, Seoul I Korea “Hybrid Buildings in Hybrid Cities”
  • Nov 24th and 26th 2010 Ville du Futur Vietnam HCMC & Hanoi I Vietnam “Hybrid Buildings in Hybrid Cities”
  • Oct 13th, 2010 France Green-Tech Bangkok I Thailand “Hybrid Buildings in Hybrid Cities”
  • Oct 1st, 2010 Architecture Contemporaine et Nouvelles Technologies “Saint-Gobain building in Tokyo 30% energy efficiency”
  • Jan & Feb, 2010 French Embassy Tokyo I Japan “TENONETEN/SENS UNIQUE/No Man’s Land ART Exhibition”
  • Sept 19th ~ 20TH 2005 Universal Expo 2005 Aichi I Japan, Commisariat GEnEral of the French Pavillion “Mediating for Sustainable Development”
  • Oct 5th ~ 11th 2004 Tokyo Designers Week 2004 exhibition Tokyo I Japan “Esprit Design France at Junko Koshino in Kotto Dori”
  • OCT 28TH ~ 29TH 2004 ENGINEERING SYMPOSIUM AT THE ENGINEERING ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION OF JAPAN TOKYO I Japan on “EDO 21 OR THE TOKYO URBAN RENEWAL”
  • 2004 Urban & Interurban mobility TeleviZed Conference in Nagano I Japan on “two ex-olympic cities : Grenoble & Nagano”
  • 2002 ~ 2005 Kyoritsu University Tokyo I Japan Conferences on “Urban Planning, Architecture & Citizenship”
  • 2000 ~ 2007 Gateway to Japan Organized by the Delegation of the European Union Tokyo I Japan “Latest construction Trends in Japan”
CLARK HOTEL | BUDAPEST
 
THE GATEWAY | ISTANBUL
NISSAN DESIGN CENTER | ATSUGI | KANAGAWA

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

  • 1991 ~ today Founding Principal, ALBERT ABUT ARCHITECTURE | Tokyo & Hong Kong
  • 2015 ~ TODAY Adjunct Lecturer I New York University I School of Professional Studies http://www.nyu.edu
  • 1990 ~ 2009 Founding Principal of Atlantis Associates Co., Ltd. Architects . Planners | Tokyo | JAPAN
  • 1996 ~ 2001 Chairman of the Construction Committee of the EBC (European Business Council in Japan) https://www.ebc-jp.com/
  • 1986 ~ 1990 Founder and Head of the Architectural & Urban Planning division | The Design Studio | Tokyo | Japan
  • 1983 ~ 1986 Architect at the Environment Design Institute (Architect Mitsuru Senda) | Tokyo | Japan
  • 1980 ~ 1983 Architect - Founding Partner in “Groupe Climats” Architects | France and The Netherlands
  • 1980 ~ 1983 Assistant Professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology, Department of Architecture and Construction | The Netherlands : “Human – Ecological and Energetical Aspects of Buildings” https://www.tue.nl
  • 1978 ~ 1980 Associate Architect with Didier Morax | Paris | France
  • 1975 ~ 1977 Architect at Swedish Civil Engineers and Architects Corporation | Stockholm | Sweden

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

  • 1978 Post graduate programme : Industrialized Construction Systems, Resistance of Materials in Water and on Land | ICI@Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers | Paris | France.
  • 1975 Architecte D.P.L.G. (State Diploma) Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, Department of Architecture | UPA No.1 | Paris | France
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