Ellipse Architecture

ellipsearchitecture

Architectes EPFL
Lausanne, Suisse

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Yannick Claessens

is the co-founder of ellipsearchitecture. Graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL, Msc Arch). He has been formed by international offices such as Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, SANAA in Tokyo and Roger Boltshauser in Zürich. He was a teaching assistant for Prof. Anja and Martin Fröhlich at EPFL. He is currently active in the management and the construction sites.

Mattia Pretolani

is the co-founder of ellipsearchitecture. Graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL, Msc Arch) and University of Architecture of Venice (IUAV). He worked for LOCALARCHITECTURE in Lausanne, Sauerbruch Hutton in Berlin and Boltshauser Architekten in Zürich. He organized / curated the international workshops event EASA TOURIST 2019. He is currently active as Studio Director (STUDIO PRETOLANI) in the 1st year of architecture at EPFL for the laboratory ALICE.

Carole Depoorter

is an architect graduated from the LUCA School of Arts in Ghent, Belgium. She joined ellipsearchitecture in January 2020. She has worked for Eagles of Architecture in Belgium. She collaborate also for the research within the laboratory LIF at EPFL.

Antoine Iweins

is a master architect student at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. He joined ellipsearchitecture in February 2020. He has worked for Eagles of Architecture in Belgium.

Vincent Luetto

has a bachelor's degree in architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. He joined ellipsearchitexture in September 2020.

Riccardo Acquistapace

is a master architect student at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. He joined ellipsearchitexture in Januray 2021. He has worked for EM2N in Zurich.

ellipsearchitecture

Ellipsearchitecture is an architectural firm based in Lausanne and founded by Mattia Pretolani and Yannick Claessens in 2018. Both EPFL graduates, they are now active in teaching architecture. Throughout their career, they have been trained by local and international offices. Their practice is currently based in a Swiss and more broadly European context.

(ellipse + meta-)
Convinced that the parameters of a project are multiple, the ellipsis (...) or voluntary omission opens the field of interpretation and rejects the idea of ​​reducing the project to a single vision. Whether through experiences, references, or even sensitivities, the creative process is therefore inseparable from meta-content. The “Figures of the Negative” attempt to give substance to a context that is sometimes latent, but nonetheless present.

(transformation)
For ellipsearchitecture, the "new" does not exist. The architectural project is necessarily a process of transformation of a specific context. Whether material or theoretical. Architecture is an attitude towards the existing.
Architecture responds to or prefigures the transformation of lifestyles, which is why the relationship between the individual, the collective and the public is a parameter that precedes the form or the program.

(rammed earth)
Following their collaboration with Roger Bolsthauser on the Sitterwerk pavilion in St. Gallen, earthen architecture is a stated objective of ellipsearchitecture. Without being a prerogative, its ecological qualities make it a material of the future because it is 100% reusable and low in embodied energy.

Yannick Claessens

is the co-founder of ellipsearchitecture. Graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL, Msc Arch). He has been formed by international offices such as Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, SANAA in Tokyo and Roger Boltshauser in Zürich. He was a teaching assistant for Prof. Anja and Martin Fröhlich at EPFL. He is currently active in the management and the construction sites.

Mattia Pretolani

is the co-founder of ellipsearchitecture. Graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL, Msc Arch) and University of Architecture of Venice (IUAV). He worked for LOCALARCHITECTURE in Lausanne, Sauerbruch Hutton in Berlin and Boltshauser Architekten in Zürich. He organized / curated the international workshops event EASA TOURIST 2019. He is currently active as Studio Director (STUDIO PRETOLANI) in the 1st year of architecture at EPFL for the laboratory ALICE.

Carole Depoorter

is an architect graduated from the LUCA School of Arts in Ghent, Belgium. She joined ellipsearchitecture in January 2020. She has worked for Eagles of Architecture in Belgium. She collaborate also for the research within the laboratory LIF at EPFL.

Antoine Iweins

is a master architect student at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. He joined ellipsearchitecture in February 2020. He has worked for Eagles of Architecture in Belgium.

Vincent Luetto

has a bachelor's degree in architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. He joined ellipsearchitexture in September 2020.

Riccardo Acquistapace

is a master architect student at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. He joined ellipsearchitexture in Januray 2021. He has worked for EM2N in Zurich.

Publications

  • Triest Verlag, 03.2019, Pisé Tradition and Potential
  • Du, 10.2018, Lehmbau heute
  • Werk, bauen, wohnen, 06.2018, Lehm
  • IDEA, 2018, le charme des constructions en pisé
  • Schweizer Baumuster-Centrale Zürich, 07.2018, Einblicke Pisé-Lehmbauaustellung
  • BestOf Architecture, Archizoom, 2017
  • IG lehm, 2017, Mock-up Lehmpavillon Sitterwerk
  • Tracés, 09.2017, Le pisé sous la loupe
  • Baublatt St. Gallen, 09.2017, Dem Lehmbau auf der Spur
  • Tagblatt St. Gallen, 08.2017, Sitterwerk
  • TEC21, 08.2017, Ein genauer Blick auf den Stampflehm
  • EPFL news, 08.2017, Un pavillion en terre crue érigé à St. Gall
  • Hochparterre, 08.2017, Stampfland Schweiz
  • 24 heures, 07.2017, Laisse beton! La terre crue se profile en matériau d'avenir
  • Les Garages, 2015, Six minimal modules
  • Cartha, Relations, 2015, Les Garages

Lectures

  • Moderation, Round table, Yannick Claessens & Camille Vallet, LUCERNE TALKS / Symposium on architecture pedagogy, 17.05.2019, HSLU Lucerne
  • Lecture, Grà, Camorino, 05.04.2019, Laboratoire LAPIS EPFL, Lausanne
  • Lecture, Myths and Narrations in architecture, Yannick Claessens, 30.10.2018, Laboratoire EAST EPFL, Lausanne
  • Lecture, Figures of the Negative: Elements for an Architecture of Contradiction, Mattia Pretolani, 20.09.2018,
  • Warsaw Under Costruction Festival Neighbours, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Lecture, Forms and Elements of the Negative in Architecture, Mattia Pretolani, 13.03.2018, Private, Lausanne