Mare Nostrum is a diploma project that begun in September 2015 and was achieved in October 2016. It started with a memorandum on the subject of the memory of inhabiting through the Mediterranean sea, and ended with the presentation of four architectural projects (a winery, an art storage, a greenhouse and a fish market).
Our aim was to work on different notions linked to the concept of memory in Mediterranea : the house (heimlich/ unheimlich), the landscape, the natural elements... While doing so, we also wanted to question the tools that we wanted to engage for our diploma project, as well as our expectations from it.
Thus, besides these four projects, the main point of our diploma consisted in making a long trip through the Mediterranean Sea. This trip was documented via drawings (210 of them), collages, models made with different techniques, photographies and videos.
We also focused on the idea of traditional craftmanship as a vehicle of memory, and more precisely on the object of the carpet. There was a research book made on the subject, followed by a carpet that was designed by us and woven by Turkish craftsmen. Its design represented our four architectural projects via traditional symbols.These architectural projects were a reflection on the notion of the living space that is deconstructed and spread throughout the Mediterranean region.We wanted to propose projects about living at the scale of the territory – rather than at that of a house.
All in all, this diploma was our opportunity to look back on our studies, but also on our Turkish & French origins and Mediterranean legacy.
localisation: Méditerranée (Banyuls-sur-mer, Florence, Bodrum, Kos)
partner: Deniz Basman
jury: Sébastien Chabbert, Doris Von Drathen, Cédric Libert, Nicolas Dorval-Bory, Reza Azard, Jean-Benoît Vétillard, Samuel Jaubert de Beaujeu, Charles Aubertin
Louis Mounis is an architect who has studied at the Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture in Paris since 2011. He had the opportunity to spend 6 months in Seoul at the Korean National University of Arts and has worked on projects based in France, Italy, Belgium, Germany. He just pass his diploma in October 2016 with Deniz Başman under the direction of Cédric Libert, Sébastien Chabbert, Reza Azard and Doris Von Drathen. They have explored the habitat memory around the Mediterranean sea.
He develops its projects through a sensitive approach to the territory; reporting this large scale through the memory of places and habitat conditions. During his studies, since 2014 he edited in collaboration with Morgan Lacroix a magazine distributed in different countries, BON ESPRIT magazine, dedicated to artistic practice through new generations.
During his professional experience he was able to work on various scales from social housing to set design while learning the rigor and precision needed to carry out a project.
2016 architecture diploma with the project: "Mare Nostrum"
2016 Jean-Benoît Vétillard architect - 8 months internship
work on scenography, office development and international competition
2015 Korean National University of Art - 6 months
2014 professor assistant of Cedric Libert - 6 months
2014 Bon Esprit magazine - creation with Morgan Lacroix
2014 METRA + associés - 2 months internship
work on social housing and urban planing
2013 InAD - free lance agency with Jean-Christophe Petillault
2013 François Fontès - 2 months internship
work on models and development of a sport center
2012 Société Métallurgique Gargini - 2 months internship
cutting and implementation of metal pieces
2017 project chief assistant at Ateliers Jean Nouvel