Transforming Research into a Driving Force for Design
Manal went to the School of Architecture in Nantes, France, where he began his artistic journey. After co-founding his first agency, OFF, he decided to go solo and started Manal Rachdi OXO Architects. Manal’s architectural methods transform research and analysis into driving forces of design.
Past collaborations with major names in contemporary architecture, such as Duncan Lewis, Dubesset Lyon and Ateliers Jean Nouvel, have led to multiple successful projects for Manal, including a couple of his favorite projects: the school in Obernai and a social housing project in Valencia, Spain.
The current partnership between Manal Rachdi OXO Architects and Sou Fujimoto aims to bring a floating village of sorts to Paris. This nine-story reverse pyramid, titled Mille Arbres (or the Thousand Trees), is designed to free the ground for a park while creating a floating, vibrant green community.