France - Languedoc
Festival des Architectures Vives (the Lively Architecture festival) is located in Montpellier and the nearby waterfront at La Grande Motte, in the Languedoc area of southern France. FAV 2016 takes the theme 'Innovate' to bring you architectural installations by contemporary young architects that reflect innovative design, materials and construction techniques.
Discover these ephemeral works around the historic old town of Montpellier in courtyards and mansions that are usually not open to the public, and quayside in La Grande Motte.

Festival des Architectures Vives (the Lively Architecture)


To face today’s economic mutations and technical, technological and societal changes, it is not enough to adapt – today we must innovate.


The Festival des Architectures Vives is an architectural path for the general public, who can discover or rediscover the historical landmarks of the city of Montpellier since 2006 and the city of La Grande Motte since 2013. The event invites visitors to go in contact this rich heritage by offering installations scattered around the city. In Montpellier, it takes place in the historic town and offers a path connecting mansions and courtyards, mostly private, that are usually not visible to visitors.

Then in La Grande Motte, the festival invites the visitor to discover a revisited contemporary architectural heritage, and sometimes rewritten by young architects. Thus, the city of La Grande Motte and specifically the architecture of Jean Balladur, recognized as the “Heritage of the twentieth century” is put into perspective by these ephemeral works.

Each installation created by architects teams allows to highlight the work of a younger generation which is inventing, experimenting and exploring new design of our environment fields. Thus, the festival offers them the opportunity to make a submission through an installation in the heart of the prestigious and remarkable setting offered courses and mansions and to confront qualitative urban spaces open to the great landscape in La Grande Motte. Each one opens a dialogue between heritage and contemporary architecture installations.

Since 2006, the FAV is organized annually by the association Champ Libre, chaired by Jacques Brion and Elodie NOURRIGAT, architects in Montpellier.

The access is completely free and open to all.


Projects in Montpellier 14 to 19 June 2016


Green Wash
Atelier MAP – Gabriel Lacombe, Jean-Philippe Di Marco et Carlo Tadeo
Vancouver et Montréal // Canada

Maria Victoria Cresta, Giovanna Giampetruzzi, Lucas Torres Aguero, Soledad Lanus et Marcelo Gurdo Ariel
Buenos Aires // Argentine

Pauline Marquet, Claire Chrestia et Sybille Jaubert
Paris et Pau // France / Karlsruhe // Allemagne

Judith Chatain, Gabrielle Doublet et Audrey Farinole
Paris et Maisons-Alfort // France

[ IN N’ OVER ]
Maxime Derrouch , Typhaine Le Goff et Emeline Marty
Montpellier, Toulouse et Aix en Provence // France

Thin Green
Belle Ville Atelier d’Architecture – Ilan Bitoun, Vincent Imfeld, Alexandre Ferron, Anthony Le Page et Lucile Nicosia
Anduze et Paris // France

Souriez vous êtes filmés
Pseudonyme Architecture – Jérémy Germe et Chloé Thomazo
Paris // France

La tête dans les nuages
Mickaël Martins Afonso et Caroline Escaffre-Faure
Bordeaux // France

Sable y est
Ariane Francescato et Julien Pinard
Maisons-Alfort et Paris // France

FLCDa – Clément Daneau , François Lis et Maxime Lis
Grenoble et Bordeaux // France


Projects in La Grande Motte 18 to 26 June 2016


Where is my umbrella
M³ – Mathilde Guihaumé, Marion Salagnac et Magali Courias
Cenon et Bordeaux // France

In Over All
Pierre-Alexandre Marc
Montpellier // France

DAMD – Robert Trempe
Aarhus // Danemark

La grande frite
HOCH Studio – Bertrand Chapus et Thomas Hostache
Paris // France

Land Motte
JN Architectes – Emmanuel Nguyen et Robert Janez
Paris // France

Dessine moi un horizon
L’Atelier Sauvage – Mélanie Metier et Chloé Mariey
Varennes-sur-Usson et Lille // France

Go up – Nicola Valentino Canessa, Paolo Andrea Raffetto, Marzia Vadalà, Carlotta Crosa di Vergagni, Rocco Martellacci, Olmo Martellacci & Alice Bottardi
Gênes // Italie


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Access to all FAV installations is FREE