Friday, May 31, 2002

Elena Fernandez, Arnaud Descombes, Antoine Regnault, and David Serero Are the principals of Degre Zero Architecture, which has offices in New York City and Paris. Their work, which ranges from product design to architectural design, has been shaped by the possibilities inherent in the digital technologies and modeling software available to architects. In essence, "the prototype becomes product." Among their projects are In_X House, a small two bedroom house designed to be created from concrete cast in CNC Foam cut panels; and a Wall Street loft redefined by an undulating birch wood wall, milled by a CNC milling machine, which serves as a bench, multimedia storage, office, and simultaneously provides ornament. Inspired by the changing form of shadows, this wall is defined by the architects as providing a. "moving topography" for the space. Other recent projects include a virtual showroom for the Breukelen Gallery, METARING, and premiated competition entries for the 300 Kb Museum, Italy; the Flemington Jewish Community Center; Europan 6-In between city, and Blurred Landscape Shopping mall concept for the l'Arca Competition. Both Serero and Fernandez received their Master of Science in Architecture from Columbia University,and Descombes and Regnault received their degrees from EAPV in Paris.