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Dominique Perrault Named 2015 Praemium Imperiale Laureate

12:00 - 10 September, 2015
Albi Grand Theater / Dominique Perrault Architecture. Image © Georges Fessy
Albi Grand Theater / Dominique Perrault Architecture. Image © Georges Fessy

The Japan Art Association (JAA) has named French architect Dominique Perrault winner of the 2015 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award. Lauded for his "wildly imaginative [or] abstractly minimal" designs, Perrault is known for masterfully blending innovative works with their context. 

“Architecture should not be closed on itself, with its back to the context," says Perrault. "It should always be in resonance with the environment, whether natural or urban. We architects should always think about our buildings’ place in the urban design, and about the city itself as a whole.”

The prestigious global arts prize, now in its 27th year, recognizes "outstanding contributions to the development, promotion and progress of the arts" in the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, music and theater/film. Perrault joins a small handful of architects who have received the award, including James StirlingTadao AndoAlvaro SizaRichard RogersJean NouvelToyo ItoZaha HadidPeter ZumthorDavid Chipperfield, andJacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron.

All five 2015 Praemium Imperiale laureates include: 

FC Barcelona Announces Finalists for Camp Nou and Palau Blaugrana Remodel

11:00 - 8 September, 2015
The Camp Nou stadium. Image © Iakov Filimonov via Shutterstock
The Camp Nou stadium. Image © Iakov Filimonov via Shutterstock

FC Barcelona has announced 14 teams in the running for two planned overhauls of their facilities at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, including alterations to their main stadium and the rebuilding of the Palau Blaugrana, the nearby arena owned by the club and used primarily for basketball and handball. The alterations to the two buildings are part of a larger €600 million project, known officially as "Nou Espai Barça," which seeks to improve the club's entire campus, also adding an ice skating rink, new offices, 5,000 parking spaces and improving the outdoor space surrounding the facilities. The Nou Espai Barça project was approved by the club's fanbase last April after a 72% vote in favor of the proposal.

The list names eight teams - including BIG, Populous, HKS and Arup Sport - in the running for the overhaul of the stadium itself, which will involve the addition of almost 6,000 seats to bring the stadium's total capacity to 105,000, increasing the stadium's lead as the largest football stadium in Europe. It will also include a complete redesign of the lowest seating tier to offer improved views, and the addition of a roof over the terraces. Also named are the six teams in the running to rebuild the Palau Blaugrana.

Albi Grand Theater / Dominique Perrault Architecture

01:00 - 5 November, 2014
© Georges Fessy
© Georges Fessy

© Vincent Boutin © Georges Fessy © Georges Fessy © Vincent Boutin +48

Piazza Garibaldi / Dominique Perrault Architecture

01:00 - 1 September, 2014
© Peppe Maisto
© Peppe Maisto

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DC Towers I / Dominique Perrault Architecture

01:00 - 28 February, 2014
© Michael Nagl
© Michael Nagl

© Michael Nagl © Michael Nagl © Michael Nagl © Michael Nagl +29

Video: 'The Competition' Trailer

01:00 - 26 April, 2013

Madrid-based architect Angel Borrego Cubero of Office for Strategic Spaces (OSS) has directed and produced the first documentary focused on the tense process that characterizes an architectural competition. Appropriately titled The Competition, the film captures a fascinating account on how five world renowned architects - Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Dominique Perrault, Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster - “toil, struggle and strategize to beat the competition.” The premise is based on a nearly forgotten, 2008 competition for a new National Museum of Art of Andorra, a small Pyrenees country nestled between Spain and France, which has yet to be realized. 

The Competition is expected to debut in late 2013. Updates will be available on OSS’s website and facebook.

Palais des sports de Rouen / Dominique Perrault Architecture

01:00 - 20 November, 2012
© Georges Fessy
© Georges Fessy

Dominique Perrault Wins Competition for Esplanade Tower in Fribourg

19:00 - 2 July, 2012
© DPA / ADAGP
© DPA / ADAGP

Dominique Perrault Architecture, the French practice recently awarded with the opportunity to build a tower called The Blade in Seoul as part of Daniel Libeskind’s master plan, has now been announced as winner of a concept/construction international competition for the Esplanade Tower in downtown Fribourg, Switzerland.  The high rise is part of regeneration project of the Swiss Federal Railways at the site of the former Pilettes Station.

More after the break.

Olympic Tennis Centre / Dominique Perrault Architecture

01:00 - 18 May, 2012
  • Architects

  • Location

    Caja Mágica, Camino de Perales, 28041 Madrid, Spain
  • Architects

    Dominique Perrault Architecture
  • Engineering

    Perrault Projets, Paris (architectural engineering); TYPSA, Madrid (structure and installations)
  • Project Manager

    LKS, Madrid
  • Client

    Madrid Espacios y Congresos
  • Site Area

    16.5 ha
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009

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Arganzuela Footbridge / Dominique Perrault Architecture

13:31 - 10 May, 2012
© Georges Fessy / DPA / Adagp
© Georges Fessy / DPA / Adagp

Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture Location: Parque de la Arganzuela, Madrid, Spain Engineering: MC2 – Julio Martínez Calzón (stucture) /  TYPSA (mechanical engineering) Built area: Footbridge 150 m (section 1) 128 m (section 2) length, 5 to 12 m width Completion: 2010 Photographs: Georges Fessy, Ayuntamiento de Madrid 

La Liberté / Dominique Perrault Architecture

01:00 - 3 May, 2012
  • Architects

  • Location

  • Associated Architect

    Oving Architekten
  • Engineering

    Dijkhuis Groningen (structures), Zonderman B.V. (electrical engineering), Feenestra (heating and ventilation systems), Gevekebouw B.V. (general contractor)
  • Client

    Christelijke Woningstichting Patrimonium
  • Site Area

    10230 m2
  • Area

    23400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011

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FFS Train Station District / Dominique Perrault Architecture

11:00 - 30 April, 2012
© DPA / Adagp
© DPA / Adagp

The project for the FFS Train Station District by Dominique Perrault Architecture was born from a simple action: covering the small station of Locarno-Muralto by a large balcony platform on Lake Maggiore. So, on the infrastructure, lays a large public space, the Piazza Grande, an void space that allows to freely cross the city and create a new centrality. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hotel ME Barcelona / Dominique Perrault Architecture

01:00 - 26 April, 2012
© André Morin
© André Morin
  • Architects

  • Location

    Pere IV, 08018 Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects

    Dominique Perrault Architecture
  • Local Architect

    AIA Salazar-Navarro
  • Engineering

    Perrault Projets (architectural engineering) BOMA Robert Brufau i Associats (structure), AIA Salzar-Navarro (fluids), Querol & Colomer (acoustics consultant)
  • Project Manager

    Tag Management
  • Client

    Hoteles Sol-Melia
  • Area

    29334.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    André Morin

© André Morin © André Morin © André Morin © André Morin +40

Citylights / Dominique Perrault Architecture

11:00 - 23 April, 2012
Courtesy of Dominique Perrault Architecture
Courtesy of Dominique Perrault Architecture

Dominique Perrault Architecture shared with us their winning proposal in the international architecture competition launched by General Electric Capital Real Estate for the requalification of the Pont de Sèvres Towers. Their design response, which could at first appear minimalist, proposes a luminous landmark for one of the most ambitious programs in the service sector of the Western Paris area. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Ewha Womans University / Dominique Perrault Architecture

01:00 - 19 April, 2012
© André Morin
© André Morin
  • Architects

  • Location

  • Architects

    Dominique Perrault Architecture
  • Partners

    Baum Architects, Seoul
  • Consultant

    Jeon and Lee Partners, Seoul (Structural Engineer), HIMEC, Seoul (Mechanical Engineer), CG E&C, Seoul (Civil Engineer), CnK Associates, Seoul (Landscape)
  • Area

    70000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    André Morin

© André Morin © André Morin © André Morin © André Morin +56

Court of Justice of the European Communities / Dominique Perrault

01:00 - 11 April, 2012
© Georges Fessy
© Georges Fessy
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cour de Justice, Luxembourg
  • Architects

    Dominique Perrault Architecture
  • Associated Architects

     Bureau CJ4 (Dominique Perrault Architecte, Paczowski & Fritsch, M3 architectes)
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    Georges Fessy

© Georges Fessy © Georges Fessy © Georges Fessy © Georges Fessy +33

Fukoku Tower / Dominique Perrault

01:00 - 5 April, 2012
© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano
  • Architects

  • Location

    Osaka, Japan
  • Associated Architect

    Shimizu Corporation Architects & Engineers
  • Engineering

    Shimizu Corporation Architects & Engineers
  • Client

    Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • Development Director

    Mitsubishi Estate Group
  • Site Area

    3.900 sqm
  • Built Area

    68.500 sqm (including car park)
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano +24

AD Classics: National Library of France / Dominique Perrault Architecture

01:00 - 12 January, 2011
© Yuri Palmin
© Yuri Palmin

On the banks of the river Seine, just east of the Île de la Cite and downtown Paris, stand the four glittering towers of the National Library of France. Bent around the outskirts of a public esplanade, these towers are Dominique Perrault’s modern take on the age-old Parisian tradition of monumental public architecture. The project is both volume and void, enclosure and exposure, a juxtaposition of contrasting ideas that is as reverent of its place in a thousand-year-old legacy as it is deliberately self-critical.

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