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Lacaton Et Vassal


Invent Space for Uses
Never demolish, never remove or replace – always add, transform, and reuse! One of the most original and influential architects to- day, the Paris-based offices of Lacaton & Vassal is an in- ternational practice working on various programs of public buildings, housing and urban planning. Projects and preoc- cupations range from the cavernous Palais de Tokyo cultural project and art centers to innovative solutions for existing social housing estate typologies providing almost immediate responses to urgent housing needs.
Their projects are based on a principle of generosity and economy with the aim of changing the standard. This is ev- ident through their distinct portfolio of completed housing works - House Latapie, Bordeaux, the House in the trees, on Arcachon Bay, the “Cité Manifeste” in Mulhouse (France), and the transformation of modernist social housing estates, as Tour Bois le Prêtre in Paris and Cité du Grand Parc, Bordeaux (associated with Frédéric Druot and Christophe Hutin). Other projects including the architecture school in Nantes, a contemporary art center, the FRAC in Dunkerque, France, and a five star hotel in Dakar, Senegal.
ANNE LACATON (France) graduated from the School of Architecture of Bordeaux in 1980 and received her Diploma in Urban Planning at the university of Bordeaux in 1984. She was visiting professor at the University of Madrid, Master Housing 2007-2013, the EPFL Lausanne, 2004, 2006 and 2010-11, University of Florida (Ivan Smith Studio) in 2012, University of NY-Buffalo, Clarkson Chair in 2013, Pavillon Neuflize OBC in Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2013-2014, Univer- sity of Sassari, Alghero in 2014, and at Harvard GSD : Kenzo Tange 2011. Anne is currently a Design Critic 2015, TU Delft winter semester 2016-17.
JEAN PHILIPPE VASSAL (Casablanca, Morocco) grad- uated from the School of Architecture of Bordeaux in 1980 and subsequently worked as urban planner in Niger (West Africa) from 1980 to 1985. Jean served as a visiting pro- fessor at the TU in Berlin (2007-11), Peter Behrens School of Architecture in Düsseldorf 2005, EPFL Lausanne in 2010-11, Pavillon Neuflize OBC in Palais de Tokyo, Paris, in 2013-2014, and at the University of Sassari, Alghero in 2014. Currently he is the Professor at the Berlin University of the Arts (UDK) since 2012.
Main Awards
• Living Places Award, Simon and Mies van der Rohe
• Foundation, 2016.
• Life Achievement Award, Trienal de Lisboa, 2016.
• Academy of Architecture, France, Golden medal 2016. • Heinrich Tessenow Medal, Germany, 2016.
• Rolf Schock Prize, Stockholm 2014.
• Grand Prix National d’Architecture, France, 2008.
Daylight & Building Components Award, Velum
• Fonden, Denmark, 2011.
• International Fellowship of the RIBA London in 2009.
Equerre d’Argent award 2011, France / Erich Schelling • Award Karlsruhe 2006
• Medal of “Arts & Letters”, France 2002.
Twice finalist for the Mies Van der Rohe Award.
• “Lacaton & Vassal 1993-2015” El Croquis, n°
• 177-178, monograph, Spain, 2015.
• “Arquitectura Viva”, n°170, monograph, Spain, 2014.
• “A+U”, n°498, monograph, Japan, 2012 .
“Lacaton & Vassal”, 2G n° 60, monograph,
• Editorial GG, Gustavo Gili, Barcelona, 2012.
“Lacaton & Vassal”, catalogue of the exhibition at Paris, cité de l’architecture, Ed. HYX 2009. “PLUS, large scale housing development. An exceptional case”, Frédéric Druot, Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal, Editorial GG, Gustavo Gili, Barcelona, 2007.
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