The Franco-Italian agency rotunno justman created by Maria Giulia Rotunno and Ary Justman in 2017 moved to Paris in September 2019. The two partners, former collaborators at the Sou Fujimoto agency, are passionate about Japanese culture and share a humanist, social and environmental approach to architecture today.
Our conceptual approach leads us to produce a refined and light architecture, which finds its meaning in spatial and light experimentation and which fits finely into an urban, rural or natural landscape. The urban and landscaped environment of the project is the starting point for the design. The integration of the building in its environment seems essential to us. The project should be seen as an obvious response that respects the context while improving it. We claim restorative architecture, resulting in minimal intervention on the site, as illustrated for example by our housing project in Martinique, in the Prêcheur district: the Bouquet Garni. Our architecture also praises slowness and lightness, for a soothing of an urban environment often under stress. It comforts humans and reconciles them with their senses. Ideally, it improves the daily lives of residents and users.
It is the vector of a human and social dimension. Our project of family retirement homes according to the Montessori method in Cancale, Vivons Ensemble, will allow the creation of intergenerational housing as an alternative to living in nursing homes. In this project, the materials thus become a field of experimentation with a facade coating which calls on local resources made up of oyster shells from the Cancal coast. In all of our projects, we are looking for carbon neutrality by selecting bio-sourced materials and specific applications. Like many young agencies, we started with apartment renovations. The strong will to assume the past of the buildings on which we intervene, passes by a practice of the archeology of the building. Our workshop builds on this historic approach to improve the spatial and technical qualities of the existing building in a contemporary language respectful of the past. Functionality, at the heart of the project and inspiring force of the design, comes before the form. Attention to detail contributes to the overall relevance of the architecture. The alignments, the proportions, the search for aesthetics complete the picture.