joseph dirand

what feeds you in your job, the source of your inspiration?
it is different every time because the project itself contains the essence of it. i choose inspiring projects that are a real challenge. each new project opens new doors that take me on adventures I couldn't even have imagined at first.

who are the people or projects that are references for you?
the visionaries of the twentieth century, le corbusier of course because he was literally a revolutionary in terms of architecture, whose great principles he initiated. oscar niemeyer of course, he was a true poet of architecture through the purity of his lines and the sensuality of his approach. and then carlo scarpa, for his relationship with time, with italian architecture and his sense of detail, or eero saarinen for his organic forms. they are all visionary geniuses who inspire me with their commitment.

what compliments do you get about your work as an architect? of
course, when you work in an artistic world, you want to hear that what you do affects people. what particularly moves me is to see them having a good time in the worlds I have designed, to feel the people who are receptive.

the city that inspires you or resembles you?
paris of course, even though i travel a lot, it's always a pleasure to come back home.

what is the art of living according to you?
having fun in everything: in food, travel, music. being nourished by what surrounds us and appreciating it. also, giving yourself time to step back, hence the importance of travel. it's the best way to truly give and receive.
"To take pleasure in everything: in food, travel, music. To feed off and enjoy what surrounds us. »
your favourite materials?
natural materials worked by the hand of man. what fascinates me is to be able to transform this material.

your reference building?
i have a real admiration for the villa malaparte in capri, it is the result of a gesture of extraordinary simplicity. it magnifies the landscape and is the perfect match between man and nature. it does not try to fade, on the contrary its red colour contrasts with the sea and the cliff. it's a contextual building that can't be transported elsewhere.

your favourite shape?
all shapes are beautiful and my work is constantly evolving. let's say that after exploring the right angle, i'm currently more into curves.

your biggest challenge achieved or to be achieved?
what has already been achieved seems to be less and less of a challenge, the challenge lies rather in what's to come or in progress. at the moment, my challenge is a big one as i'm designing a boat of more than 100 metres, in other words a floating building... such a project is exciting because you have to learn and analyse everything that's been done in naval architecture. designing a boat is a unique opportunity. i'm in the middle of an absolute search for form. it's an incredible adventure to imagine an architecture whose framework will be constantly changing.

your ritual in your profession?
I don't have a ritual because I avoid repetition of gestures at all costs. I try to find myself in different situations, even in different lives depending on the country and the project. my way of working is constantly evolving, I love the feeling of the first time more than anything else.

what kind of architecture irritates you?
I think it's a shame to create things without ambition, it doesn't irritate me but rather saddens me.
"It is an incredible adventure to imagine an architecture whose framework will be constantly changing. »
if you weren't an architect, what would you do?
explorer, no doubt! to have time to discover new landscapes; I already do it to the maximum.

a favourite place where you can usually be found?
you can meet me at loulou's or monsieur bleu's to see projects I've done, feel their energy and their evolution. I confess that I'm not very social, I need solitude to think. I prefer to spend time at home, either alone or with my family. what's

your favourite object? how much does it weigh?
I've been a bit of a collector since I was a child, I like to look for, find and live with all these things. and yet I could leave tomorrow with a bundle of things because nothing is indispensable to me. I like to travel light.

what's heavy in your life?
love is never a weight.

your objectle gramme(s), what is/are they? how do you wear/use them?
a 7g bracelet (as light as possible), which is the only thing i wear with this lucky bracelet of the peru who refuses to break. it's the only form of permanence i can stand. i used to wear a lot of things and i finally got rid of them. i also have the ruler to make my little sketches on tracing paper in the evening!

if le grammeit was an architectural element or work, which one would it be?
more like land art! i'm thinking in particular of a work by michael heizer: circles of different diameters that he drew in the desert. an absolute form of simplicity.

photographer: ©amit israeli
stylist: ©elodie david-touboul
« generally, rather than give people what they want and what they know, i prefer to try and give them something that they haven’t yet realised that they like. »
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