BLENDING TOGETHER NATURAL, HUMAN AND URBAN
For 20 years, the architecture, urban planning and landscape agency ANMA has been developing an attitude that draws its strengths from the environment, the sites that constitute it and the people who inhabit it.
This approach relies on the revelation of existing fabrics, the already there, to calm the coexistence of urban, human and natural environments. In theory, it is carried by 8 founding themes – the ultra-contextual, the ordinary-extra, natural energy, economic lightness, high quality of use, virtuous density, nature in the city and the poetics of the useless.
In 2020, the agency reasserts its positions and is committed to a design respectful of energies and resources, a design that favors experimentation and the already here.
towards a soothed
and seamless living environment
Aware of the role of construction in the necessary reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, ANMA promotes sustainable solutions: the use of green energies, the conservation of existing ones, the integration of variable car parks, maintenance of natural geologic porosities …
At the district, the block or the building levels, the agency defends the mix of uses, flexibility and reversibility. For housing, offices and public premises, it creates living spaces designed as meeting and sharing spaces, where the quality of use prevails over form.
a flexible urban design
and seamless living environment
ANMA believes in the need of designing together shared design and relies on shared skills and the consultation for the making of one project. Internally, it privileges horizontalization in exchanges while externally, it pursues an urban planning practice that promotes dialogue and collective intelligence: workshops.
The agency invests in research to put innovation at the service of ecological and economic issues: it mobilizes specialists in operations, develops its own research platform and welcomes PhD students to complete their theses.
When it comes to defending the general interest ANMA positions itself as a city craftsman at the service of the environment. Places and their memory, contexts and their daily lives lead to the production of a common good. From the site and what exists, humble projects are born that respect all environments.
ENHANCE & REHABILITATE
THE BUILT HERITAGE
ANMA is committed to the redevelopment, rehabilitation and conversion of built heritage, whether protected or not. To prevent further demolishing, by repairing and revealing their history it developed a vision of architecture and town planning as the reappropriation of sites.
Through this work of enhancement, its projects fit right into existing patterns. Their discretion and sobriety come from a strong desire to identify what is already there and, nationwide, to blendi nto an ordinary that we help in making outstanding.
At ANMA, the consistency of projects is guaranteed from sketch to delivery thanks to a dedicated partner’s monitoring each operation. It ensures the transmission and continuity of the design between project managers at each and every phases: competition, studies and site.
The project managers and their teams manage their projects independently and benefit from the expertise of the ANMA ecosystem to adjust the key factors of success: model, BIM Management, construction economics, landscape, research platform… Among these, the agency claims the complementarity of urban, architectural and landscape visions that can be mobilized internally.
Each project is as specific as the intersection of views it will have generated. Collective intelligence guarantees the relevance of the project vis-à-vis the environmental and social values of the project.
at the service of the project
ANMA has an open attitude towards digital tools. She applies herself to mastering them with skill and is constantly exploring new applications.
The BIM process and the development of digital models are integrated into its production since 2014 and systematized on all studies of the agency since 2018. It is declined in the field of the landscape and the city, with the LIM and the CIM, thus facilitating a decompartmentalized collaborative approach between disciplines practiced by the agency.
A team of experts led by a BIM Manager oversees the internal process and exchanges with partners.
Virtual visits, life cycle analysis or environmental simulations are all new digital uses made possible by BIM. The integration and updating of these innovative methods is also one of the pillars of the agency’s continuous improvement approach to methods and project quality.
ENVIRONMENT AND USE RESEARCH PLATFORM
ANMA’s research platform has the spreading, training and promotion of eco-innovative design solutions for internal objective, reconciling high environmental quality and high quality of use
Developing ambitious projects, both environmentally and phenomenologically, allows ANMA’s ecosystem to better understand the changes in the act of building and to respond with relevance to the new aspirations of the users of each of the areas studied.
Looking for multifaceted actors sharing the same objective, this platform is also positioned as a meeting place, a melting pot of design experienced as collective intelligence.
At the origin of the renewal of the profession of architect, urban planner and landscaper, members rely on human synergies to ensure the manufacture of tailor-made projects exceeding common expectations.
Being committed and bringing about the outcome of projects that are both resilient and eco-friendly is what joining the ANMA research platform truly means.
WORKING AT ANMA
IN A PEACEFUL ENVIRONMENT
On the four levels of the Cour des Petites Écuries, employees can enjoy a life in the agencythat is punctuated by rhythmic events as well as ad hoc meetings.
The agency’s breakfast, Anmatinale, is an opportunity every other week to follow a variety of presentations and stay informed. Several times a year, we also attend Anma Tuesdays, conferences on cross-cutting topics, and Technico-Matério, lunches with manufacturers. In summer, the seminar gives all employees the opportunity to gather and visit the agency’s achievements and to reflect on ways of doing things.
In-house, It is possible to join different groups to participate in the organization of events to familiarize with other fields – research, rooftop agriculture, yoga – or take advantage of collaborative opportunities with branches in Bordeaux, Brussels or Beijing.