Join the AIANY Housing Committee for its fourth program in a series that highlights exemplary international housing design. We’ll hear from Jean-Christophe Masson of Hamonic+Masson based in Paris, France, and Jens Holm of 3XN based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Brian Loughlin, Director of Planning and Urban Design, Magnusson Architecture & Planning, will moderate the panel.
Hamonic+Masson, founded in 1997, was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe prize in 2001 and was awarded the Nouveaux Albums de la Jeune Architecture (NAJA) in 2002.
The firm became recognized by the general public in 2003 for designing the Maison Métal for the Parc de la Villette. The project placed Hamonic+Masson at the crossroads of art and architecture, allowing them the flexibility to pursue more adventurous undertakings. The firm has since designed a series of exhibitions and staged events such as the French Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale and at the City of Architecture and Heritage, and has participated in numerous international conferences. In 2012, Hamonic+Masson received the “prix spécial AMO Saint-Gobain” for the construction of 62 social housing units on rue Villiot in Paris’ 12th arrondissement.
The practice intervenes in sectors including housing, public facilities, retail, offices, infrastructure, and urban design in France and internationally. It is presently participating in the debate on height that has become a pressure point in Paris architecture. In 2015, the practice completed and delivered Paris’ first housing project measuring 50m since the 1970s, in the city’s Masséna district. Projects in the framework of the Grand Paris scheme are also currently being undertaken, notably the proposition for the Avenue Foch, which became one of the major projects backed by the Paris City Hall during Anne Hidalgo’s 2014 campaign for the Mayor of Paris.
Founded in 1986 by Kim Herforth Nielsen, 3XN employs 110 architects and other professional staff in offices in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Sydney and New York. The studio has designed a range of high-profile commercial and cultural buildings, including the Danish Embassy in Berlin, Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, Blue Planet aquarium in Copenhagen. Current projects include the Copenhagen Royal Arena, new home for the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Quay Quarter Tower high-rise for AMP Capital in Sydney and the world’s largest fish market in Sydney. In 2007, the firm established GXN, whose mission is to collect and apply the latest knowledge on materials and new technologies in the studio’s architecture.
Jens Holm is the partner in charge of 3XN’s New York office, which oversees the design and development of projects in North America. Holm was born in Denmark and holds a Master of Art and Architecture from the Aarhus School of Architecture. Prior to joining 3XN, Holm founded HAO. He worked for several years as a lead architect with Rem Koolhaas and OMA / Office for Metropolitan Architecture and with Rockwell Group Architecture, Planning and Design in New York.
Jean-Christophe Masson, Founding Principal, Hamonic+Masson & Associés
Jens Holm, Partner-in-Charge, New York Office, 3XN
Brian Loughlin, AIA, Director of Planning and Urban Design, Magnusson Architecture & Planning, PC
Research Scholar, Center for Urban Real Estate, Columbia University
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia University
Brian Loughlin recently joined MAP to lead their Planning and Urban Design efforts after a career in the Public and Non-profit sectors of Community Development and Affordable Housing. Notable amongst his various posts, Brian served as the Director of New Construction for NYCHA, Chief Architect for the Jersey City Housing Authority, and Executive Director of Positive Impact Community Development. Brian is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Architecture and Real Estate Development at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation. where he has taught various courses on the history, political theory, and design of housing for the past ten years. Brian has presented widely on the various issues surrounding the broad topics of city planning, public and affordable housing, and community development including appearances at the Center for Architecture, P.S.1, The Museum of Modern Art, and the White House.