Guinée*Potin Architectes, Nantes, France
After returning from a joint study tour of Ethiopia, Hervé Potin and Anne-Flore Guinée founded Guinée * Potin Architectes in 2002 in the Breton city of Nantes. Their work can be described as a colorful collage of materials and concepts that share a common concern for ecology, energy saving and the use of natural “bio” materials that surprise and are beyond established solutions. They have been awarded several times for their innovation, and in 2015 they received a nomination for the Mies van der Rohe Award for the Beautour Museum and Biodiversity Research Center, built of straw and wood. They also received the French National Award for Wooden Construction for this facility. In addition to the resounding construction with straw, their passive multi-apartment buildings and school buildings also receive numerous publications in the world media. If we can still believe in the regional architecture of the 21st century, then Guinée * Potin is its noble representative.
Hervé Potin currently also teaches at The Architecture School in Nantes.