Rudy Ricciotti

The Rudy Ricciotti work distinguishes itself as much by its plastic strength as by its technical dimension.
This double 
approach seems to be, tinged with radicality, from creation of Vitrolles Stadium, in a landscape of bauxite in the beginning of 1990. This line asserts itself in two decades which are going to follow by the structural expression (Choreographic national center Preljocaj in Aix-en-Provence, MuCEM de Marseille) like in the implemented materiality (villa Navarra, Museum Cocteau in Menton, headquarters of ITER in Cadarache). In parallel to his symbolic masterpieces, Rudy Ricciotti maintains a special relationship with the modern heritage like the Philharmonic of Potsdam to Grands Moulins of Paris, big concrete giants that he is attached to save from destruction to make the Paris VII university.

A man

Rudy Ricciotti is a French architect born in 1952. Architect and engineer, he associates "strength of creation and true construction culture".
His projects are marked of politic, technic, poesy, culture and materiality. He is the man of "doing" (the construction) and the material (the concrete); his projects make a constant tribute to specific knowledges, which of engineers first and then numerous and precious of the workers.

Some masterpieces

Stadium, Vitrolles, 1990-1994
Philharmonic Nikolaïsaal, Potsdam, Berlin, 1996-2000
Quai Branly museum, Paris, competition project, 1999
The Pavillon noir, chorégraphic national center, Aix-en-Provence, 1999-2004
The Grands Moulins of Paris, university Paris VII-D.-Diderot, university library, 2001-2006
Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée (MuCEM), Marseille, 2002-2013
Villa Navarra, Provence, 2002-2007
Louvre-Lens museum, competition, 2005
Pont du Diable, Gignac, 2005-2008
Memorial of Rivesaltes camp, 2005-2014
Louvre Museum, Islam art department, Paris, 2005-2012
Villa 356, Provence, 2005-2010
The Pavillon blanc, Media library and contemporary art center, Colomiers, 2005-2011
International school ITER, Manoque, 2007-2010
International headquarters ITER, Cadarache, 2007-2012
Jean Cocteau Museum, Menton, 2007-2011
Pôle de services Eurêka, Montpellier, 2007-2012
Jean-Bouin stadium, Paris, 2007-2013
Unterlinden Colmar museum, competition, 2009
Rectorat de l’académie de Dijon, 2009-2012
Culture and art center, Douchy-les-Mines, 2009-2013
Les Arts Gstaad, opera and cultural center, Gstaad, Suisse, 2010-2015
Cultural Aimé-Césaire center, Gennevilliers, 2010-2013
Theater, Freyming-Merlebach, competition, 2011
Spiritual and cultural russian orthodox center, Paris, competition, 2011
Pont de la République, Montpellier, 2011-2013
Cathédral d’images, Saint-Priest, 2011
Château-abbaye of Cassan, Roujan, 2011-2014
Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, competition, 2012
Sanctuaire de Notre-Dame du Laus planning, Hautes-Alpes, competition, 2012

Some prices
  • Grand Prix National de l’Architecture
  • Médaille d’Or de la Fondation de l’Académie d’Architecture
  • Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur
  • Commandeur de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres
  • Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite

Some words

« The architectural adventure is before a political adventure with multiple facets - theoretical, social, esthetic-, closely imbricated to arm the work of the architect. It is a culture of fighting that does not aim consensus. »

" Architecture is a sport combat "

" The concrete value is to sublime generosity and its energy to transcend vulgarity "

" The past has to teach us a lot, it is necessary to protect it and to renegotiate it. The amnesia is a contemporary disease. "

" Beauty is embodied by what we wish to see never destroyed. "


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