Kévin Bailly won the 2016 BIM Contest with Minh Nguyen. A year later, he won the second prize. This year, he is back in the competition, but as a jury member. We have interviewed him right after the deliberations, which took place on the 30th of March 2018.
BIM Contest : What did the BIM Contest brought you, on a professional level?
Kevin Bailly : More experience! The experience of a process, the BIM process, the experience of a competition as an architecture contest. The expected result has to be a mix of discipline and quality. We can talk about the exposure as well. When you are dedicated to your job, being committed to the BIM movement, being part of this contest and, even more, winning it, allow yourself to really express yourself.
Unlike the past few years when you were candidate, you are now jury member of the BIM Contest. How does it feel to be “on the other side of the mirror”?
What a pleasure! I would have liked to enter the contest, I love being challenged! But for the third one, being on the other side of the mirror, as you say, feels even more important to me and I am dedicated to this task. I was delighted to discover the different projects of 2018!
How did the deliberations go?
We can say they went really well, since the projects satisfied the expectations of the Jury. It was not easy; each project introduced a different architectural and urban solution. Moreover, each jury member had his/her own sensibility. In any case, it was hard to make our choice, even though I had my favorite projects.
What did you think of the work of the candidates this year? How do you judge the level?
It is always incredible to notice that for a common subject we all have different solutions.This leads to an even more intense work, since there are many answers introduced. Which one answers the closest to what the city expects, to its local urban plan? Which one respects the most the program? Does it correspond to the BIM expectations? Once we pragmatically answer to these questions, it is more about our architectural sensibility. Since I know every project, I can say they are all interesting. It does not make it any easier!
Are your favorite projects part of the winners this year?
Yes! One of my main satisfactions is knowing that the projects I had selected are now in the top three. They are not in the same order I was expecting, but anyway, it was close.
Did you think about the way you could have dealt with the topic of the Contest this year?
Of course, you have to when you are part of the Jury! Before getting the candidates’ projects, I had my own idea of what I could do, more or less (this is the most subjective step in the process of the architectural creation to me). It is when analyzing the different projects, and putting ourselves in someone else’s shoes that we realize how our job is interesting. When we think our solution is the best one, we can only find out that some other projects introduce some other solutions as interesting as ours.
What do you think of the winning project this year, by the way?
You know, I think dealing with an existing location -here next to the Ecole de Plein Air, built by the architects Eugène Baudouin and Marcel Lods- is the exercise I prefer to do in architecture. To me, the most complicated for an architect, is to deal with an empty location, without any context nor environment, because in this case the architect has to create everything. It is a real exercise. Here, we are dealing with a historic setting. Therefore, it remains important to understand the story and the architectural ideas the first architects wanted to give. The project of this year is interesting, complex, and the winner did well. So, well done to all the candidates!
Thanks to Kévin Bailly for answering our questions and taking part in the deliberations next to the other jury members: Marie-Pierre Deguillaume, Representative of the city of Suresnes; Didier Sadoine Representative of the INS HEA Heritage Project; Pierre-Gilles Parra, Supervisor of directives at ISOBOX Insulation; Emmanuel di Giacomo, European Supervisor for the Development of BIM Ecosystems at Autodesk; Eddie Alix, Project Manager of the Building Construction Digital Transition Plan; Jérôme Bonnet, BIM Group Manager at AIA associates; Jacques Lévy-Bencheton, Vice-President SIGHTLINE GROUP and Associate Architect at Brunet Saunier Architecture; Fabrice Lagarde and Vladimir Doray, Associate Architects at WRA; Itaï Cellier, Architect, Founder and President and Director-General of Polantis.