Lacaton & Vassal : free space transformation habiter
In this book, French architects Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, winners of the prestigious 2021 Pritzker Prize, present their work through three concepts, each shown by a specific type of content. In a conversation with Enrique Walker they explain the way of thinking behind their entire project, in particular through one of his most significant works: the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.
Free space The ideal space, always thought in the maximum terms: generosity of space, efficiency and comfort. This predetermined intention is a fundamental principle of Lacaton and Vassal that is no longer questioned and that forms the basis of all their projects
Transformation Never demolish, always add, transform, expand. Apply the concept of free space to existing buildings and sites. Treat the place as an existing prerequisite. Take the values of the place and integrate them into the project, never oppose them to it.
Inhabit Life, uses, appropriation of space. Make the other and the inhabited space tangible through the frames of Karine Dana's films that show life and the inhabitants in nine works built by the architects.
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