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Trip Cycling in Paris /05/2015


Josephine Baker was in the Parisian avant-garde “très hot” because of her dancing dressed in 16 bananas. Hemingway called her “the most sensational woman anyone ever saw.” Adolf Loos was responsible for her unbuild “Roosmalen house.” Josephine and architecture. But Josephine Baker and Le Corbusier? We are looking for an answer.

Trip two urbanistic visions /10/2014

Le Havre & Nantes

Discover two very different urban development projects: a modernist approach in Le Havre and a contemporary approach in Nantes. Along the way we see some interesting projects in Rouen, Saint-Nazaire and Paris.

Lecture own work

Interieur, Kortrijk Xpo, Kortrijk

Dominique Perrault will discuss in his lecture mainly the use of glass in facades and interiors.

Trip Architecture à la grande Vitesse /05/1996

Lyon, Paris...

The cultural importance of the ‘grands projects’ Mitterrand can hardly be overestimated. In the wake of the big architectural state assignments everywhere in France a new architecure language is found.

Lecture own work

't Leerhuys, Brugge

During the trip to Paris in May 1989 we have visited in Marne La Vallée the gorgeous Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs ESIEE. Three months later, Dominique Perrault won the competition of la “très grande” bibliothèque de France, the most extensive presidential project in Paris, and at the same time the largest building with cultural function in the world.

Trip Les sept grands travaux /05/1989


In the first year after his election in 1981, François Mitterrand launched in Paris a construction operation of such size as France had not experienced since Napoleon III and Louis XIV. ‘Les sept grands travaux’ would thoroughly change the landscape of architecture in France.

Dominique Perrault

Dominique Perrault (°Clermont-Ferrand, 1953) 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 in 1996. In 2010 he was awarded the gold medal by the French Academy of Architecture for all his work.

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.

He currently heads Dominique Perrault Architecture (DPA) in Paris.

Leading figure of French architecture, Dominique Perrault is Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, 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, the 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.