“Matière grise” changes the way materials are seen in architecture. The exhibition explores material reuse in a decisive moment in architecture where it aspires to come up with a new usage because of environmental and economical constraints lead by the double material crisis (decline of resources and waste accumulation).

To use something again means taking into consideration raw materials that aren’t all of a sudden right there in front of us or at the other end of the world but in our cities, our buildings, our facilities. It also means seeing materials in a new light – rather than throwing it away as far as possible, it becomes an essential product to preserve. Production and know-how ought to be put to better use. The exhibition hypothesizes a new insight on materials that will lead to a new architecture and construction approach. The ingenuity will strike not only on a blank paper but will reside also in the ability and opportunity to create something meaningful with what is available.



  • Name : Matière Grise
  • Client : Pavillon de l'Arsenal
  • Place : Paris
  • Date : 2014
  • Mission : Artistic and scientific direction, scenography
  • Surface : 600 m²
  • Team : Encore Heureux (curator and scenographer) + Bonnefrite (illustration) + Bellastock (samples) + Camping Design (graphism)
  • Photographer : Vincianne Verguethen