Elizabeth de Portzamparc is a French-Brazilian architect, urbanist and designer who works in Paris. In her agency, she develops projects placing Nature, Man, and the respect of the local cultures in the center of her reflections.

Her buildings are designed as architectural symbols that convey new values; powerful urban landmarks that structure and are well-adapted to the areas in which they are built.

Open to their cities and the local inhabitants, her projects – the Musée de la Romanité of Nîmes (Museum of Romanity), the Grand Equipement Documentaire in Aubervilliers (Great Documentary Facility) and the Gare du Bourget (Le Bourget Station), to name some of them – were designed as places ‘for living’ that are easy to assimilate; an architecture planned as a medium for local activities and quality of life enhancement for those who use them. Their sober, light, pure architecture is based on a reduction of masses and an economy of forms and materials.

Within the Grand Paris International Workshop, she is pursuing her research on the identity of places, started 30 years ago, and playing a key role in the reflection and discussion on the construction of a metropolis.

BUTTERFLY HOUSE

BY ELIZABETH DE PORTZAMPARC

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