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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 SUPERIEURE DES BEAUX-ARTS IN PARIS. HIS ARCHITECTURE IS DEFINED BY HIS OWN DISTINCT INNOVATIVE SPIRIT & CREATIVITY, AND, A SPECIFIC VISION OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN PLANNING.

HE HAS SPENT THE LAST 25 YEARS LIVING BETWEEN FRANCE & JAPAN, IMMERSED IN JAPANESE HISTORY & CULTURE, AND, THE PARIS & TOKYO AVANT-GARDE SCENES. THESE INTENSE SOCIO-CULTURAL EXCHANGES HAVE ALWAYS INSPIRED HIM AND CAN BE SEEN & FELT IN HIS WORK.

BEING ALSO A NAVAL ARCHITECTURAL EXPERT HIS KNOWLEDGE OF MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGIES USED IN EXTREME CONDITIONS (WIND, SALT, HUMIDITY, HEAT, COLD, ...) INFORMS EVERY PROJECT.

HIS BUILDINGS WHICH HAVE BEEN CHARACTERIZED UNDER “SPECIFIC MINIMALISM WITH ATTENTION TO DETAIL” INTEGRATE THE LATEST AND MOST ADVANCED BUILDING MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGIES WITH FORCE AND ELEGANCE.

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.

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”
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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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