Since the foundation of hisfirm in 2006, Architect Franklin Azzi developed his skills in architecture, furniture and urban design throughout France and abroad.
The firm premises are set up in a former industrial workshop of the 2nd Arrondissement of Paris. Franklin Azzi Architecture (FAA) deploys a multidisciplinary team composed of some 40 collaborators including: architects, interior designers, decorators, graphic designers, art historians, and also parametric design researchers. Thanks to being at the crossroads of these many disciplines, a process of collective reflection arises.
This attention to transversality allows FAA to explore, among others: large-scale renovation programs for industrial buildings, but also new construction, or specific interior design for luxury stores.
Hybrid and rigorous, Franklin Azzi’s practice is inspired by the interdisciplinarity promoted at the Glasgow School of Art - where he studied -, the industrial atmosphere, Google Image, Paul Virilio, Modernism, and Contemporary Art. He has always taken a constructive approach, working from the perspective of sustainability, efficiency, and clearness.
He is known to have lead many major cultural projects of public procurement. First, the Center for the Francophonie of the Americas in Québec in 2007, then the Saint-Sauveur train station and the Tri postal in Lille, and the Mame Factory in Tours. More recently, the transformation of the old Alstom Warehouses into the Nantes Higher School of Fine Arts (ESBANM). Located in the heart of the new Creation District urban project - in which Azzi also took part - this project will be delivered for the start of the 2017-2018 academic year. These projects are notably characterised by their close attention given to public spaces. This care to the urban context is reflected in the 2013 shoreline development project on the left bank of the Seine, a promenade commissioned by the Paris City Hall, stretching on a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site (between Orsay, and Quai-Branly museums). The firm’s Greater Paris « Chevilly Trois Communes » train station project currently under way, also takes part in his reflexions on what should The City of Tomorrow be composed of: sustainability and flexibility of architecture.
In addition, Franklin Azzi also collaborates with office real estate developers, designing outstanding buildings treated with almost surgical precision with a strong concern for commuters. Including: the ‘Dock en Seine’ building in Saint-Ouen, the 128 -130 Raspail Boulevard Paris office building, or the Hines Ex-Libris tower in Paris-La Défense district.
Interior and furniture design are convened just like architecture, under the watchful eyes of Associate Artistic Director Noémie Goddard. Fashion designers such as Christophe Lemaire, Isabel Marant, Jérôme Dreyfuss, Bali Barret, Lacoste and LVMH Group have entrusted FAA with the conception of their stores across the United-States, Japan, Korea, China and France. Restaurants and cafés owners also trust Franklin Azzi in the design of their institutions, like the Café Holiday in Paris - a tribute to the eponymous magazine dedicated to travel and lifestyle. These projects are developed in a specialized department within the firm, which also takes care of the interior design of new construction and rehabilitation projects.
Summing up of these different disciplines, FAA contributes activelyin spreading contemporary art by providing know-how, resources, production tools and equipment to artists, and organizing exhibitions and special projects once a year in the firm premises.In 2014 for instance, artist Tatiana Trouvé called upon Franklin Azzi’s parametric design lab to develop and implement her piece « Desire Lines » located in Central Park, New-York.
For Franklin Azzi, existing, context, and constraint an integral parts of Architecture. From small to large scale, he adopts both a technical and sensual writing, in a complete harmony with the users and the urban landscape.