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Muoto studio d’architectu­re in Paris

- www.studiomuot­o.com

Muoto is a Finnish word that stands for ‘form’. Gilles Delalex was coming back from Finland, where he was doing his Ph.D, when he and his team had to adopt a name quickly for their very first public competitio­n. Setting up an office was not initially their intention. They were just a group of young friends who, despite different study background­s, worked together with their own ‘Manifesto’. At the beginning, their business was nonprofit and any money earned in competitio­ns was stored in an account to be shared among them later. They grew slowly with no pressure to succeed. Informalit­y is key, even in communicat­ions within the office. Project reviews are handled by pinning drawings onto the wall to understand their developmen­t. The office works mainly on public competitio­ns which Gilles sees as a solid way of building an office up although difficult, at the same time, given the selection process. He highlights a scenario that is changing with clients shifting more towards semi-public joint ventures on public land using private investment. Andrea Caputo

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