“Wang Shu, Lu Wenyu. Amateur Architecture Studio” at Arc en Rêve Bordeaux

Wang Shu & Lu Wenyu develop a radically different approach to majority architecture in China as opposed to Chinese architectural traditionalism and an often destructive modernity from which they emancipate themselves.


Complexe Culturel, Fuyang, 2016 © Iwan-Baan

Complexe Culturel, Fuyang, 2016 © Iwan-Baan


Arc en rêve centre d’architecture presents a major exhibition devoted to the work of Chinese architects Wang Shu & Lu Wenyu from 31 May to 28 October in the Large Gallery. Wang Shu & Lu Wenyu, with their firm Amateur Architecture Studio in Hangzhou, have developed an approach that is radically different from most Chinese architecture. Freeing themselves from Chinese architectural traditionalism and often destructive modernity, they have established new practices that are both inventive and critical. (more…)

Arc en Rêve presents “Schweizweit, il n’y a pas une architecture suisse”

Architecture Center Arc en Rêve in Bordeaux presents an exhibition organised and curated by S AM Basel, where it had been previously shown earlier this year. The exhibition is a visual atlas of recent architectural production in Switzerland.


Two-family apartment houses Staehelin Meyer Architekten Riehen (BS), 2014 © Staehelin Meyer Architekten

Two-family apartment houses, Staehelin Meyer Architekten, Riehen (BS), 2014 © Staehelin Meyer Architekten


The image of Swiss architecture today is still very strongly characterised by the 1990s, when it was catapulted into the global spotlight and became a model of architectural minimalism. The architects who stood for this reduced and sublimated concept of building at the time – such as Herzog & de MeuronDiener & Diener, Peter ZumthorPeter Märkli, etc. – are still regarded as pars pro toto for Swiss architecture, at least from an international perspective. We hear much less about the architects of the subsequent generations, who have been intervening more and more actively in the architecture debate since then.’Schweizweit’ tracks down the architecture firms that have developed over the past two decades. (more…)

‘landskatinganywhere’ presents the history of architecture, cities and skateboards

The “landskatinganywhere” exhibition realized by Arc en Rêve, architecture center in Bordeaux, celebrates the practice of skateboarding and its relationship with architecture and the city through a series of photograhs, models and life-scale replicas of skating modules.


'Landskatinganywhere' at arc en rêve centre d'architecture, Bordeaux © Rodolphe Escher

‘Landskatinganywhere’ at arc en rêve centre d’architecture, Bordeaux © Rodolphe Escher


The ambition of landskatinganywhere is to make known and acknowledge skateboarding in its cultural and artistic dimensions. Conflicts of use are real: often perceived as some sort of troublemakers authorized to play in the skateparks, where they have their own “right to the city”, skaters explore, test and negotiate public space.  (more…)

“Constellation.s: habiter le monde” at Architecture Center Arc en Rêve

Designed by arc en rêve, constellation.s is a project devoted to new ways of living in the world. In spring 2016, it will take the form of a major exhibition, a series or lectures, and a number of publications.


Cedric Delsaux. Constellation.s © Arc en rêve centre d'architecture

Cedric Delsaux. Constellation.s © Arc en rêve centre d’architecture


The world is changing, and the ways we live in it are changing too. More than ever before, architecture and planning – which provide the conditions for urban living – must be conceived in the light of what is no longer there and what is yet to come.


New African Architecture on the spotlight at arc en rêve in Bordeaux

The cultural centre and gallery devoted to architecture is organizing, in partnership with Frac Acquitaine, a competition and exhibition on young architects working in Africa.


Youngs Architects in Africa exhibition © Beatty-Vermeiren

Youngs Architects in Africa exhibition © Beatty-Vermeiren


Arc en rêve centre d’architecture, located in Bordeaux, France presents the exhibition Young Architects in Africa from 24 September to 22 November.

Organised by Architecture-Studio, the competition and exhibition entitled Young Architects in Africa aim to showcase architectural creativity in Africa by turning the spotlight on a young generation of architects that shows great promise from an international perspective. The exhibition focuses on the environmental and participative nature of the projects, which represent the social and community values embodied by young architects in Africa. (more…)