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Pierre Châtel-Innocenti - Photographe d'Architecture

Architecture photography


Although not an architect, I have always been fascinated by the geometry of facades and interiors and integrates this passion for lines and abstraction in all my photographic works. I seek to create memorable images capable of capturing and transmitting the real atmosphere of each place I visit. I will use my technical knowledge, my professional equipment and my artistic sensibility to convey the unique aesthetic of your buildings and interiors, which will make all the difference in your communication projects.

My style is characterized by a minimalist aesthetic that I can use to produce clean images that can be used in a wide variety of contexts. Check out my portfolio of client projects showcasing businesses, offices, libraries, factories, places of worship, schools & even crematoriums!

Are you interested to work with me? Contact me to get a quote or get in touch.

 

'Simone Veil' Student Residence, Paris 

Architect: AAVP Architecture (Vincent Parreira), proxy architect : Atelier Roberta
Contracting owner: Espacil Habitat
Delivery: june 2018
Location: Paris 14th arrondissement

This distinctive architecture building is one of the latest additions to the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, located in the 14th arrondissement. Designed by AAVP Architecture for Espacil Habitat, this imposing 7-storey building presents two particularly striking elements for the photographer's eye: a wing entirely on stilts and a multi-material facade (from bottom to top: frosted glass, larch cladding and perforated sheet).

Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris

Architect: Gehry Partners (Frank Gehry) and Studios Architecture
Project management: VINCI Construction with SETEC, RFR, T/E/S/S and ALEP
Contracting owner: Fondation Louis Vuitton with Quadrature Ingénierie
Delivery: 2014
Location: Paris 16th arrondissement

I did a photographic work for the Foundation's latest Web and Print campaign (summer 2018). Photography published on the official website of the foundation and in various advertising formats printed on the street and the Paris metro.

Tribal Act tattoo and piercing studio, Paris

Architect: FREAKS Architecture
Contracting owner: Tribal Act
Delivery: September 2014
Location: Paris 11th arrondissement

Commercial space on the ground floor and tattoo+piercing space upstairs. The recent renovation has been entrusted to FREAKS Architecture. This photographic work is twofold: a purely architectural component to enhance the spaces, and a photo report illustrating the customer experience as a whole (retails accessories, jewelry for sale, advice ...), for company communication.

Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Copenhague, Danemark

Architect: Henning Larsen Architects A/S
Contracting owner: Dansk Ingeniørforenings Pensionskasse
Location: Dalgas Have Campus, Copenhagen

The Dalgas Have campus incorporates student life and academic orientation: long, majestic corridors and warm common spaces create an ideal environment for learning.

For a photographer, it's a unique experience: if - in a very Danish way - the building does not hint its originality from the outside, the interior is something I had never seen before. The paroxysm of geometry, lines and purity, but without falling into boredom: on the contrary!

Mekoprint Chemigraphics and Mekoprint Electronics Plants, Støvring, Denmark

Architect: Henning Larsen Architects A/S
Contracting owner: Mekoprint
Location: Støvring

Mekoprint Electronics and Chemigraphics are two state-of-the-art plants in Støvring, Denmark. The design of the production and administration facilities was inspired by the geometry of computer circuits and electronic components. The buildings are made an integral part of the landscape with facades made of a copper material that acquires some patina over time.

Very minimalist appearance outside, these buildings gave me incredible contrasts of shadow and light that you can discover below. The rest of this shoot is available on Henning Larsen's official website.

Nordea Bank Headquarters, Copenhagen, Denmark

Architect: Henning Larsen Architects A/S
Contracting owner: Nordea
Location: Copenhagen

Henning Larsen Architects A/S is one of the largest and most respected architecture firms in Denmark. It is characterized by a sleek style and achievements that focuses on light. I did several photographic works on the interiors and exteriors of 10 different sites across Denmark and Sweden, used in the official communication of the client.

The following site is the newly opened headquarters of Nordea Bank in Copenhagen. The fractured facade is made of sloped glass panels resting on a base covered with stone. The whole representing Nordic nature. The challenge of this project was to give a perception of the whole realization, while focusing on specific characteristic elements.

Enghøj Kirke, Randers, Danemark

Architect: Henning Larsen Architects A/S
Delivery: 1994
Location: Randers

This church consists of a single lengthy room, with seats on both sides of the central aisle and the organ placed at the back of the building, reproducing architectural codes of old medieval churches. The ceiling represents the hull of a ship. It is also part of an old tradition where a ship was kept in every church to show that the Christian church is a ship that navigates in time and in life. Nonetheless, Enghøj Kirke is the embodiment of a definitely modern architecture.

A photo project unparalleled by the nature and atmosphere of the place, I had the chance to shoot during a summer day where the church was free of visitors, except for the rehearsal of an organist and a singer who accompanied my afternoon's work with very soothing music.

Ringsted Communal Crematorium, Ringsted, Denmark

Architect: Henning Larsen Architects A/S
Delivery: 2013
Location: Ringsted

Probably the most original project I have had the opportunity to work: shooting in a Crematorium - a place full of meaning and emotion - comes with its own set of constraints and specificities. I was truly dazzled by the interior and exterior beauty of the building, but also by the exchanges that I had with the staff during this working day.

Here the architecture is functional and follows a well-established process: the coffin is first carried from the hearse to a quiet and peaceful room for the last farewells. From this room, friends and relatives of the deceased have the opportunity to follow the coffin and observe the cremation through a window. The room of ovens, 12 meters under ceilings, is flooded with daylight; the brick walls and granite floors are lit all day by windows placed high on the east and west gables, which look out on the wood.

As part of this shoot, I was able to capture the whole process and also focus on distinct architectural elements.

The architecture of crematoriums in Europe is a subject of study in itself, and for those interested, I recommend the excellent book "Goodbye Architecture: The Architecture of Crematoria in Europe" (by Vincent Valentijn and Kim Verhoeven) for which the Director of Ringsted Crematorium was interviewed.

Nordea Bank former headquarters, Copenhagen, Denmark

Architect: Henning Larsen Architects A/S
Contracting owner: Nordea Bank
Location: Copenhagen

The architecture firm Henning Larsen Architects A/S seeks to highlight its historical architectural heritage and has commissioned me to carry out this project. Many of the sites presented below fall within this objective. This is the former headquarters of Nordea Bank in Copenhagen.

Ferring Pharmaceuticals A/S International Center, Copenhague, Danemark

Architect: Henning Larsen Architects A/S
Contracting owner: Ferring Pharmaceuticals
Delivery: 2002
Location: Copenhagen

Ferring Pharmaceuticals is a world leader in the research and commercial development of peptides, natural compounds that play a role in almost all systems in the body. This building, consisting of a 20-storey tower and a 3-storey laboratory, combines light and reflection with a very masculine geometric shape. It is also one of the tallest buildings in Scandinavia.

The challenge of this photographic project was mainly technical: the black metal used on the surfaces being particularly dark, it was mandatory to compensate the lack of light and large dynamic range by prolonged exposures. This type of constraint is particularly rare for outdoor shots on this type of architectural achievement, which makes it all the more interesting!