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Lacaton & Vassal's FRAC Dunkerque is an Architectural Echo Both in Form and in Concept

As industry has shifted over the past century, in format, location, and type, the manufacturing and industrial spaces scattered across the western world have been repurposed. You have no doubt seen these structures, though perhaps without realizing. The large windows, high ceilings, and open floor plans optimized for factory work now mark the territory of the “creative class”. Such spaces have been disproportionately appropriated by creative industries such as arts and architecture; think of Herzog + de Meuron’s renovation of the Tate Modern (from a former power station) or the recent collaborative transformation of a locomotive yard into a library in the Netherlands.

Grand Synthe - Place Du Courghain / Philippe Dubus Architecte

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FRAC Dunkerque / Lacaton & Vassal

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Dunkerque Logements / RemingtonStyle

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2300 Area:  2300
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2009 Year:  2009

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The Grand Large District / ANMA

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Dunkirk, France
  • Architects: ANMA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  21000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2010