To achieve his goals, Daniel sets out to define every dimension of a project, facing both architectural and technical challenges. Colour plays a major role, especially in his monochrome designs, which enable him “to develop the volume of a space without emphasizing anything”. In order to “build these colours”, the already rich palette of 22 tones proposed for Texaa®’s sound-transparent fabric Aeria*is not always wide enough. Daniel uses “special colours”, tailor-made by Texaa®. Since he has had this freedom, he says, “It’s like going back to the paint shop when I was a kid. It expands your imagination and you know you can produce your design with the exact colour you wanted.”
At the CYEL centre in La Roche-sur-Yon, which houses the Music, Dance and Drama Conservatories with the Art School and its exhibition area, Daniel wanted the architecture of the inside skin to be coloured and acoustic. He also wanted the absorbent wall coverings to contribute to the transitions between areas, both physically and in terms of the states of mind developed by the display of these “sound colours”.
The enormous atrium, designed to be a very large and very high central public space, where people walk and meet in the light of its glass roof, has absinthe green Vibrasto acoustic covering on its opposing walls. This shade of green almost solely produces an echo of coloured light, reminiscent of the hall’s sound reverberation.