The Team

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    Dr Prabhat PODDAR

    Indian Architect and Town Planner

    Indian Architect and Town Planner, Dr Poddar comes from one of India’s prominent business families. A Member of the New York Academy of Sciences, he is also an Engineer and Geo-biologist, director and founder of the Akash Education and Research Trust, and chairman of the Akash Foundation, Pondichery.

    He is also an international conference speaker (at UNESCO, and UNEP, the United Nations Environmental Program), and an international leader in Vaastu Shastra and thus acts as a consultant to a number of international organisations.

    For 14 years, he has been the coordinator of Auroville, a project supported by UNESCO, 15 km from Pondichery, South India. Since 2000, he has been the project manager of the Golden City Project, 70 km from Madras. This is one of his major achievements, along with the planning and construction of Shakti Staala, the huge white marble temple in the Golden City.

    Vaastu Shastra is a traditional Hindu system of design, applied in architecture, based on directional alignments and mathematical principles (among others, the Golden Mean) to ensure a perfect balance between Man and the Universe. It is based on the observation of the Laws of Nature and on the hypothesis that the universe is a living organism interconnected with the human body.

    Dr Prabhat PODDAR

    His role :

    To ensure there is a good flow of energy around the Domaine, applying the principles of Vaastu Shastra, in order to maintain a healthy environment to encourage physical, psychological and spiritual well-being.

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    Maarten HAVERKAMP

    Dutch Architect and Landscape Gardener

    Maarten HAVERKAMP is a Dutch Architect and Landscape Gardener. He graduated from Wageningen University, one of the most important international universities for its focus on life sciences, climate change research, and the sustainable development of natural resources.

    Before building work started, he spent time at the Domaine de Capoue to determine how best to respect and harness the natural advantages of the site.

    He conducted an analysis of the land using his three-layered approach:
    > 1. The Abiotic layer: non-living; subsoil, soil, geography, hydrology, climate
    > 2. The Biotic layer; living organisms in the area and the stage they are at in their growth cycle
    > 3. The Anthropogenic layer: man-made additions, both cultural and historical

    A passionate photographer, Maarten Haverkamp exhibits his collections in galleries in the Netherlands and the USA.

    Marteen HAVERKAMP

    His role :

    To establish the foundations for the development of the Domaine, which will optimise and preserve the natural values of the site.

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    Italian Architect

    Italian Architect and a graduate of the University of Florence (Italy) specialising in Interior Design and Garden Architecture. She spent 10 years in Iran before settling with her family in Italy.

    Author of Infinity through the Numbers Game: Geometry and Numbers in the Islamic Garden, she follows a tradition which dates back to the sixth century BC, as shown in the palaces of Cyrus the Great, the Persian conqueror.

    Originally, Persian gardens were laid out in quadrants, and were intended to stimulate the use of all five senses in harmony with the Cosmos, following specific rules where nothing was left to chance. A unique characteristic of Ancient Persia was that the garden was often created before the building. There was just one word to describe both garden and paradise

    Nausikaa’s book enabled her to take part in the Mathematics and Culture Congress in Venice in 2007, which was in collaboration with the departments of Applied Mathematics from several universities (Venice, Rome, Bologna)


    Her role :

    To design the garden and the inner courtyards

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    Founder of IRCA

    To understand the master builders of yester-year…

    « Entering a building is like making a pact with the soil out of which it has been built, with its beliefs, with its traditions. Soulless buildings offer little interest; the soul of a building reflects the landscape that surrounds it, the history that shaped it, and the men who built it. The past is not a burden, on the contrary… »

    « France is fortunate to have an exceptional cultural heritage which is the envy of many nations. We must all must take care of this treasure. For some, it is their public duty, for others, it is through maintaining or renovating that which they inherit …  »

    « ” In these transient and disposable times, the testimony of a strong, solid building is essential to the survival of our society.” »

    The most beautiful houses in north Provence have been skillfully renovated by IRCA (Immobillier Ross & Crosman Architecture)

    Architects: Alain DUBAN and Julian URALD
    Project Manager: François LINDO DIEZ.
    Geo-biologist and writer: Pierre Alexander Nicholas de Terre de Lys.

    His role :

    Confident in the IRCA philosophy and in the expertise of their teams, he has been appointed to manage the renovation of the buildings, including the former hotel.


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    Architecture écologique

    Ecological Architects “Build and Live with Nature.”

    Each project is carefully designed out of respect for the location. Based in the Val de Drôme, in Aouste sur Sye, Architects Alexandre HAMM and Eric SARTRE, (DPLG), provide advice on all aspects of Eco Construction, taking into account environmental concerns: including the use of wood, earth, plant fibres, breathable walls and renewable energies…

    Their role

    The design of the Mas des Clochettes

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    Grégory CHAZEAU

    Major in NTIC & Web Strategies

    Grégory CHAZEAU, Graduate of UWF (University of West Florida, USA) and of UWIC (University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, Great Britain). Major in NTIC (New Technology Information and Communication) & Web Strategies.

    “It is only when we are deeply passionate about something that we can share and teach it effectively, and nothing is more contagious than enthusiasm”. 

    His role :

    Image Architect; he worked with the Internet project team on the design and promotion of the website, highlighting the concept and the background of the Domaine de Capoue.

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    Yannick KOOG

    Site Foreman and Director of Operations of the Domaine de Capoue

    Yannick KOOG, Site Foreman and Director of Operations of the Domaine de Capoue between 2003 and 2007.
    As Project Manager, he was in charge of the technical support for and the monitoring of all the project sites. This included the management of the site infrastructure, the building of the artificial lake which was created to minimise the risk of fire, the channelling of the spring water to meet the correct standards, the refurbishment of the runway, the installation of an ecological sewerage system, the architectural choices for the renovation of the Mas des Clochettes and a variety of other landscaping work.

    His role :

    Project manager