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Lacaton & Vassal Architects

29th Annual Architecture Lecture

Talk

● Fully booked

Monday 15 July 2019
6.30 — 8pm

Part of our

Summer Exhibition 2019

events programme
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Winter garden added in front of the existing facade, Grand Parc Bordeaux, Lacaton & Vassal Architects, 2017

© Philippe Ruault

The Royal Academy welcomes Jean-Philippe Vassal, co-founder of Lacaton & Vassal Architects, to deliver the 29th Annual Architecture Lecture.

In this lecture, Jean-Philippe Vassal will provide an overview of the practice and use their projects as a starting point to discuss the core principles that drive their work.

Lacaton & Vassal Architects was established in Paris, in 1987, by Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal. They have since become known for their delicate interventions, championing the rehabilitation of post-war housing estates across France. Spanning from a celebrated Palais de Tokyo conversion in 2014 to numerous social housing refurbishments, their projects continue to make arguments for a careful and contextual approach to architecture that makes the best use of what is already on site.

A prime example of this is the transformation of social housing in Grand Parc Bodreaux, for which the practice recently received the 2019 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture, also known as the Mies van der Rohe Award. The project gave new life to an early 1960’s housing development by providing each apartment with more space, light and upgraded facilities. By looking closely and appreciating what was already there, the architects were able to transform the living spaces while causing minimal disturbance to its occupants.

Tickets include a drinks reception and private view of the Summer Exhibition.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Monday 15 July 2019

6.30 — 8pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£25, £15. Includes drinks reception in Summer Exhibition until 9pm.