Architecture students of ENSA – Paris-Malaquais have undertaken a comparative study of Halcyon building and Daniel Libeskind’s extension of Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). The students have chosen these two examples of architectural works among the others, which were imposed and then they found the problematic concerning the chosen examples by themselves. They had developed their study during one semester under the direction of Professor Dominique Rouillard.
The idea of such an exercise is to develop between the students of 3rd year of architecture the capacity of analyzing and writing about architecture.
The design intends to establish a strong dialogue with the dynamic landscape by allowing views of the open spaces and the valley from all the levels of the built form. The buildings are seen as vertical extrusions of the landscape rather than mere insertions.