“Lacaton & Vassal / inhabiting: pleasure and luxury for everyone” exhibition at AUT

The architects Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, winners of the latest BigMat International Architecture Award are among the internationally most important representatives of a “pragmatic” and at the same time social architecture that questions the economic as well as the ecological foundations of building.

 

Lacaton & Vassal, Cité Manifeste, Mulhouse, 2001 – 2005 – © Philippe Ruault

Lacaton & Vassal, Cité Manifeste, Mulhouse, 2001 – 2005 – © Philippe Ruault

 

They see the creation of open areas and “luxurious” living spaces as one of the main tasks of their architecture. Thanks to simple and industrial materials, they succeed in generating affordable and architectonically high-quality living space. In their first project, the single-family House Latapie from 1993, they already formulate the basic features of their further work. An adapted greenhouse construction is pulled over a simple wooden structure and defines a climatic shell that acts as a winter garden or extended living space. In this way, 185 m2 of usable space arose for what was then just over 55,000 Euros. The greenhouse theme subsequently assumes a central role in their work, because there is hardly a project that does not take up certain elements or set pieces of this industrial horticultural product. (more…)

Duplicating instead of renovating: discover Lacaton & Vassal’s FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais

The art center by the French architects Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal and winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award inaugurates a series of weekly posts which will feature all the awarded buildings, unveiling the best recent European architecture.

 

FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais by Lacaton & Vassal © Lacaton & Vassal

FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais by Lacaton & Vassal © Lacaton & Vassal

 

On the past 24th of November , at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, the panel of judges chaired by Jesús Aparicio and comprising Xaveer De Geyter (Belgium), Henrieta Moravčíková (Czech Republic + Slovakia), Marc Barani (France), Francesco Isidori (Italy), Paulo David (Portugal + Spain), and awards secretary Jesús Donaire, decided to give the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award Grand Prize to the building ‘FRAC’ in Dunkirk, by French architects Lacaton & Vassal. (more…)

Lacaton & Vassal wins 2017 BigMat Grand Prize for Architecture

The FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais art center, completed in 2013 by the French architects, follows the office building by Alberto Campo Baeza and the kitchen tower by Xaveer De Geyter as Grand Prize of the biannual award. The third edition of the BigMat International Architecture Award rewards European architecture with one Grand Prize (30.000€), six National Prizes (5.000€ each prize), six Category Prizes (1.500€ each prize), one Public Prize (1.500€) and one Special Mention for Young Architects.

 

BigMat '17 International Architecture Award ceremony at Palazzo Vecchio, Florence  © BigMat

BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award ceremony at Palazzo Vecchio, Florence © BigMat

 

The awards ceremony took place on November 24th, at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, in the presence of the architects competing for the Grand Prize, the members of the international panel of judges and the companies making up the BigMat Group. The selected 14 finalists were chosen from the initial selection of 87 participating teams of architects disclosed last July.

Out of a list of almost 900 projects from 7 European countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Slovakia, Portugal and Spain), the panel of judges chaired by Jesús Aparicio and comprising Xaveer De Geyter (Belgium), Henrieta Moravčíková (Czech Republic + Slovakia), Marc Barani (France), Francesco Isidori (Italy), Paulo David (Portugal + Spain), and awards secretary Jesús Donaire, decided to give the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award to the French National Fund for Contemporary Arts building ‘FRAC’ in Dunkirk, by French architects Lacaton & Vassal. (more…)

“Neppert gardens” 59 dwellings at Mulhouse by Lacaton & Vassal

The project is located between Bulher street and Neppert street in Mulhouse, Neppert gardens ZAC (joint development zone). It includes 59 social rental dwellings developped by SOMCO, with an approach in the continuity of Cité Manifeste’s dwellings project. 

 

59 dwellings, Neppert gardens, Mulhouse by Lacaton & Vassal © Philippe Ruault

59 dwellings, Neppert gardens, Mulhouse by Lacaton & Vassal © Philippe Ruault

 

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