Once the brick was chosen, they had to find a professional capable of laying it well. For Joann Le Corvec, it was a stroke of luck to meet Eric Four, a stonemason from Rennes, who was trained by the Compagnons de France, an organisation of craftsmen who work with traditional techniques. Based on the agency’s sketches, he created prototypes that he then reproduced on the façades, giving the mashrabiya an authentic touch of craftsmanship.
The full complexity of this dark monolith becomes more apparent the closer you get to it, with bricks that catch the light differently, creating a real sense of vibration. For Gwen David, it creates a “soothing effect” with the chips in the black graphite bricks revealing the white of the light.