The Après la Pluie agency does complete studies and is general contractor for landscaping and public grounds. The work goes from the analysis of the land, urban studies, preoperational studies, developing projects and technical adaptation and continues on the work site until the completion of the work.
The Après la Pluie team is comprised of three landscape architects/engineers, Anne-Sophie Verriest, Nicolas Renard and Gregory Tissot, all three graduates of the École Nationale Supérieure de la Nature et du Paysage. In its approach to a project the agency simultaneously addresses the technical, poetical and functional dimensions. Après la Pluie is motivated by the desire to create quality grounds, both in the uses and ambiences, in agreement with today’s sustainable techniques.
Après la Pluie’s competence include:
• landscape projects and urban planning,
• heritage projects,
• preoperational studies, programing,
• ecological engineering,
• managing the environment,
• favoring an educational approach,
• hydraulic engineering.
Après la Pluie has developed a broad practice in teamwork, closely collaborating with the general contractors.
The desire to establish an environmental approach requires solving problems of discontinuity, division, and projects only having been partially taken into account. This desire for an environmental approach when dealing with a project imposes holistic reflection and the elaboration of answers that requires adapting the methods of conception, backed by eco-conception, eco-management and eco-worksite philosophy to each situation.
The Après la Pluie agency develops the project with a strong will to sustainable development, such as the affirmation of combined approaches, integrated and long lasting, from the start of the studies, the analysis of the project, to the worksite management.
All the transversal aspects of sustainable development are taken into account: cultural, environmental, social and economic.
From Conception to Worksite Management
The agency works on complete project management, from the phases before to the follow-up on worksites. For each project, Après la pluie establishes coherent teams and guarantees their presence during the entire project. And so, the same representatives carry out the studies and then manage the sites in a logic of continuity and to guarantee a coherent project. They have the control over the smallest details of the project, insure the continuity of relations with the contracting authority and the subcontractor. They guarantee the coherence between the concept and its achievement.
Après la pluie is particularly attentive to the quality of documents it produces, in contents and form. This quality enables broad distribution to the actors in the project as well as being understandable.
Clear presentations using projections and associated hard copies, diagrams, photos, mock-ups, perspectives and a summary let everyone concerned understand the principles of the project, in its technical functioning, and in the landscape ambience created.
Inaugurated in 1994, the Park Diderot is probably the most well known achievement in France by the landscape designer Allain Provost, illustrating his erudite approach to gardens, his rigourous approach to the project, and noteworthy for the history of gardens.
This garden is considered as an element in the end of the 20th century French heritage; despite a few problems of dilapidation and difficult access, the garden has maintained all of its conceptual framework. The renovation is carried out with respect for the initial project, associated with a contemporary approach and adaptation to new uses to guarantee the durability. Updating certain norms has proven to be necessary too, while preserving the the spirit of the original conception. A phytosanitary diagnosis identified the dying subjects and envisaged the conditions of maintaining the tree planted stratum.
The bushes and perennial plants are renewed, soil amended, locks restored, and furniture replaced, so that this park is returned to the residents and users of the Defense without transforming the original conception.
The Ecole Normale Superieure in Cachan is joining the French high school on the Saclay plateau in the framework of the project of the grand Paris resulting in a new centrality in the geographic and strategic positioning of research and development in Ile de France. Sheltered from the winds on the plateau and inside the area formed by the buildings, this garden affords all the ingredients necessary for a moment of calm, charm and poetry. Like the school, this garden is open and accessible, a convivial location to meet up, do research, mingle, and experiment. The composition of the garden accompanies the distribution of functions in the buiding. The main forecourt and the grand canal in the garden highlight the science gallery to the north. It welcomes the important moments in the life of the school: festivities such as exhibitions and student gatherings. At the foot of the facades, functional circulation serves each of the school buildings and acts as a transition to the garden. At the same time, it allows going around the garden and getting an outside view without crossing a wide edge. In the heart of the garden will be plants that come from research that will be staged and a collection of cultivars, showing their particularities. The polychrome garden offers surprising and rich ambiences that can be discovered day by day, season after season, year after year.
On the 27 hectars of the former Lagord military terrain, the conurbation is developing an urban operation that willl be a technological, economic, and social showcase for tomorrow’s sustainable quartiers. The activity will welcome innovative firms in the domains of eco-efficenct energy and the rehabilitation of buildings with environmental standards such as:
• A laboratory hub (experimental lab)
• An educational hub with the creation of a vocational training center in the technologies and processes in sustainable construction
• The new regional headquarters of the Crédit Agricole bank
• A residential hub with housing for 300.
The Public Park estabiishes a connection with the elements in the programs. It is organized to obtain the best environmental track-record. Particular attention is paid to the choice of plants and the recycling of material in place to permit mastering energy consumption during the implementation and running. The park is also a new leisure, relaxation and meeting area for the Lagord inhabitants be they already settled or to come.
At the intersection of the the route from the town center to the Enghein Lake, this public park is also part of the casino, covering its underground parking lot. The partition of spaces inside the garden allows for different ambiences and activities. The main lawn that underlines the perspective towards the lake and casino has become the meeting place for picnics, ball games and community events such as the jazz festival or the digital arts fair. The grass garden is ideally oriented to get the sun near the great falls while the alleys of pergolas offer light shade. The tended courtyard stretches along the shops in an ambience of flowered undergrowth. The hedged, open shaped alleys accompany the paths from the outside towards the inside of the park. They are made up of spectacular blossoming bushes that qualify them and create an event each season : profusion of flowers, leaves, fall colors, winter fruits.
Photo Crédit: Charles Delcourt