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Architect’s work: Lacaton & Vassal

What a better way to start off the week by getting some inspiration from one of the greatest architecture duos nominated to receive the 2021 Pritzker Architecture Prize, Lacaton & Vassal.

In this week’s Architect’s Work, we have some amazing selected works from this French duo. All of the images were taken from wwww.lacatonvassal.com and all images are courtesy of Philippe Ruault.
FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque, 2015
Management Sciences University, Bordeaux, 2008

Anne Lacaton (1955, Saint-Pardoux, France) and Jean-Philippe Vassal (1954, Casablanca, Morocco) met in the late 1970s during their formal architecture training at École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et de Paysage de Bordeaux.

Student and social housing, Ourcq-Jaurès, Paris 19, 2014

They established Lacaton & Vassal in Paris (1987), and have since demonstrated boldness through their design of new buildings and transformative projects. For over three decades, they have designed private and social housing, cultural and academic institutions, public space, and urban strategies. The duo’s architecture reflects their advocacy of social justice and sustainability, by prioritizing a generosity of space and freedom of use through economical and ecological materials.

Transformation of 530 dwellings, block G, H, I, 2017

“Good architecture is a space where something special happens, where you want to smile, just because you are there,” shares Vassal. “It is also a relationship with the city, a relationship with what you see, and a place where you are happy, where people feel well and comfortable—a space that gives emotions and pleasures.”

Jean-Philippe Vassal
Social housing, Mulhouse 2005
Chêne-Bourg, Genève Residential and office building, 2020
96 dwellings, Chalon-sur-Saône / Prés-Saint-Jean, 2016
Palais de Tokyo, Site for contemporary creation, 2014
School of Architecture, Nantes, 2009
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