The Info List - Dominique Perrault

French National Library Olympic Velodrome and Olympic swimming pool, Berlin Extension of the European Court of Justice, Luxembourg Olympic Tennis Stadium, Madrid Ewha Womans University, Seoul Fukoku Tower, Osaka

Dominique Perrault
Dominique Perrault
(1953, Clermont-Ferrand) is a French architect and urban planner. He became world known for the design of the French National Library, distinguished with the Silver medal for town planning in 1992 and the Mies van der Rohe Prize
Mies van der Rohe Prize
in 1996. In 2010 he was awarded the gold medal by the French Academy of Architecture for all his work. He was named as the 2015 Praemium Imperiale
Praemium Imperiale
Laureate for Architecture. He received his Diploma in Architecture at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris
in 1978. He also holds a postgraduate diplomas in Town Planning from the Ecole supérieure des Ponts et Chaussée and History from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.[1] He currently heads Dominique Perrault
Dominique Perrault
Architecture (DPA) in Paris.


1 Biography 2 Approach 3 Built projects 4 Main current projects 5 Cancelled project 6 References 7 External links

Biography[edit] Leading figure of French architecture, Dominique Perrault
Dominique Perrault
is Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne,[2] a lecturer in France
and abroad and a member of the Conseil scientifique de l’Atelier International du Grand Paris
since 2012. After winning the competition of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France
in 1989, he realized, amongst other projects, the Olympic Velodrome and Olympic swimming pool in Berlin, the extension of the Court of Justice of European communities in Luxembourg, the Olympic Tennis Stadium in Madrid,[3] the Ewha Womans University
Ewha Womans University
or the Fukoku Tower in Osaka. His work is exhibited in major museums around the world. A solo exhibition showing all of his work was held at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris
in 2008. He was also appointed Commissioner of the French pavilion architecture section of the Venice Biennale in 2010.[4] Dominique Perrault
Dominique Perrault
leads in parallel significant heritage rehabilitation projects including those of Longchamp Racecourse
Longchamp Racecourse
in Paris, Dufour Pavilion at Versailles and La Poste du Louvre in Paris. In spring 2014, Dominique Perrault
Dominique Perrault
inaugurated the tallest tower of Austria in Vienna, the DC Tower 1,[5] icon of the new business district and the Grand Théâtre des Cordeliers [1] in the historical city of Albi, south of France. Approach[edit] Four specific conceptual features were highlighted by the University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest in May 2013 who granted Dominique Perrault
Dominique Perrault
the title of “Doctor Honoris Causa”. “The first feature, which is tightly connected to an imperative need of enriching the architectural language, regards the eloquent interpretation of some sources coming from artistic minimalism and conceptual art. With Dominique Perrault, the architectural design vocabulary is heading towards a reduction of syntax, not of morphology. The second concerns his open, flexible approach that accepts uncertainties and rejects dogmatism and the critique of the privileged role of style and composition in the modern architectural discourse. The third feature highlights the idea of how architecture should be understood as a part of landscape within the topography of fundamental relations. The fourth emphasizes his experience with space and materiality. Being inspired by the lesson of modernism, the curtain façades, detached from structure and enhanced by light, transparent or translucent screens of glass or metal seem to be a tribute to contemporary technologies, yet are not subservient to them. Innovation often penetrates the engineering level.”[6] According to Frederic Migayrou, “All of Dominique Perrault’s work questions the figural aspect of architecture, its ability to provide meaning, to build a dynamic image woven out of social and cultural values. […] Dominique Perrault
Dominique Perrault
weaves his position between rationalism that seeks to articulate laws for the composition of typological elements, and a structuralist understanding of architectural syntax, thereby increasing the possibilities of interplay between very disparate scales of symbolic values.”[7] At the crossroads of disciplines, Luis Fernandez-Galiano reminds that “it is frequent to describe Perrault’s work in terms of the great tradition of French geometric monumentality; it is inevitable to relate his bold gestures in this area with that affirmative urbanism which treats nature as voluntary geography; and it is necessary to interpret the almost innocent simplicity of his fundamental drawings in the light of the conceptual or minimal practices which extend up to the limits of ‘land art’ and ‘arte povera’.[8] Built projects[edit]

Industrial Hotel Berlier, architect: Dominique Perrault

- Velodrom

ME Barcelona
hotel (1999-2008)

Caja Mágica
Caja Mágica
Olympic Tennis Stadium, Madrid

footbridge, Madrid, (2008-11)

1981-1983 : Someloir factory, Châteaudun, France) 1983-1986 : Housing estate «Les Caps Horniers», Rezé-lès-Nantes, France 1984-1987: ESIEE – Academy for engineers of electronics and electrical engineering, Marne-la-Vallée, France 1986-1990: Multi-storey industrial building « Hôtel Industriel Jean-Baptiste Berlier », Paris, France 1987-1993: Water processing plant for SAGEP, Ivry-sur-Seine, France 1988-1991: Conference center Usinor-Sacilor, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France 1988-1991: Apartment building «Le Louis Lumière», Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France 1988-1994: Meuse Department Headquarters, Bar-le-Duc, France 1989-1993: Mayenne Departmental Archives, Laval, France 1989-1995: French National Library, Paris, France 1991 : Galerie Denise René, Paris, France 1992-1999: Olympic Velodrome and Olympic swimming pool, Berlin, Germany 1993-1995: Technical center of books, Bussy Saint-Georges, France 1995-1997: The Great Greenhouse for the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, Paris, France 1996-2004: Innsbruck
Town Hall, Austria 1996-2008: Extension of the European Court of Justice, Luxembourg 1997-1999: APLIX factory- Industrial manufacturing unit, Le Cellier, Nantes, France 1997-2001: Lucie Aubrac Multimedia Library, Vénissieux, France 1998-2007: Montigalà sport complex, Badalona, Barcelona, Spain 1999-2003: Three supermarkets for MPREIS group, Wattens, Zirl, Austria 1999-2004: Piazza Gramsci, Cinisello Balsamo, Milan, Italy 1999-2008: ME Barcelona
Hotel, Barcelona, Spain 1999-2009: Hines office building, Barcelona, Spain 2000-2002: Parking garage Emile Durkheim, Paris, France 2001-2004: GKD-USA Factory, Cambridge, Maryland, USA 2002-2005: Café Lichtblick, terrace of town hall, Innsbruck, Austria 2002-2009: Olympic Tennis Stadium, Manzanares Park, Madrid, Spain 2004: Design of Friedrich-Ebert-Platz, Düren, Germany 2004-2006: Nô Theater, Niigata, Japan 2004-2007: Factory Rehabilitation for Dominique Perrault
Dominique Perrault
Architecture, Paris, France 2004-2008: Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea 2004-2014: DC Towers
DC Towers
1, Donau City, Vienna, Austria 2005-2009: Office building, Boulogne Billancourt, France 2005-2008: Priory Park pavilion, Reigate, United Kingdom 2005-2009: Metropolitan Hotel, Perpignan, France 2005-2012: Housing, offices and shops, Zac Euralille 2, Lille, France 2006-2009: Office building, Onix, Lille, France 2006-2009: NH- Fiera Milano
Fiera Milano
4 star Hotel, Milan, Italy 2006-2010: Fukoku Tower, Osaka, Japan 2006-2012: Rouen
Sports Palace, France 2007-2010: Krisztina Palace Facades, Budapest, Hungary 2007-2011: Housing and offices «La Liberté», Groningen, Netherlands 2007-2014: B&B hotel, Paris, France 2008-2011: Arganzuela
footbridge, Madrid, Spain 2009: Sammode office building, Paris, France 2009-2011: Residential complex, Jeju Island, South Korea 2009-2014: Albi
Grand Theater, France 2011 : Installation «Open Box» for the Gwangju
Biennale, South Korea 2011-2013: BnF MK2 – Commercial development of the French National Library, site François Mitterrand, Paris, France 2011-2013: Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Rehabilitation / extension of the former Library (BI), Lausanne, Switzerland

Main current projects[edit]

2013-2023: Villejuif IGR Station / Grand Paris
Express, France 2013-2018: Construction of mixed-use buildings, Zürich, Switzerland 2012-2018: Repurposing of La Poste du Louvre building, Paris, France 2009-2018: Urban redevelopment of the main station area, Locarno, Switzerland 2005-2018: Construction of the Convention Centre and Exhibition Hall, Leon, Spain 2011-2017: Refurbishment of the Longchamp Racecourse, Paris, France 2011-2016: Rehabilitation and extension of the M&E hall, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland 2004-2016: Piazza Garibaldi, Naples, Italy 2004-2016: Vienna
DC Towers, Vienna, Austria 2012-2015: Esplanade Tower, Fribourg, Switzerland 2011-2015: Repurposing of the Pavillon Dufour, Château de Versailles, France 2007-2015: Refurbishment of the Pont de Sèvres towers, Boulogne-Billancourt, France

Cancelled project[edit]

The New Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia - the project won the competition in 2003 but was cancelled in 2007 because of disagreement on the construction process between Perrault and Russian bureaucrats.[9]


^ Centre Pompidou: Dominique Perrault
Dominique Perrault
Exhibition Archived June 10, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., retrieved 2009-09-30 ^ Article on the nomination of Dominique Perrault
Dominique Perrault
as a Professor at the EPFL, official website of the University http://actu.epfl.ch/news/quatre-nouveaux-professeurs-d-architecture-engag-3/ ^ Hans Ulrich Obrist, « Entrevista con Dominique Perrault Madrid, febrero de 2011 », La Caja Mágica, Dominique Perrault Architecture, French-English edition, Actar Birkhäuser, 2011 ^ French pavilion architecture section of the Venice Biennale in 2010. [archive] ^ On the construction process of DC Tower 1, Vienna
Archived May 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Cosmin Caciuc, L’audatio of the architect Dominique Perrault, University of Architecture and Urbanism, Ion Mincu, Bucarest, 15 mai 2013. ^ Frédéric Migayrou, «Edification of a mereography », Dominique Perrault
Dominique Perrault
Architecture, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2008, pp. 19-33. See Frédéric Migayrou’s articles in El croquis, Dominique Perrault 1990-2001, « Arquitectura Computacional, una conversación con Dominique Perrault » pp. 6-17 et « La Violencia de lo Neutro, notas sobre la arquitectura de Dominique Perrault », pp. 258-261. ^ Luis Fernandez-Galiano, « Nine moral tales : from the ‘esprit de géométrie’ to the ‘esprit de finesse’, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2008, pp. 35-41. ^ "Dominique Perrault. Interview by Aleksey Tarkhanov". 

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