French architects lead charge to upcycle rather than demolish

Instead of taking the wrecking-ball to buildings that have gone out of commission, award-winning duo Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal challenge us to find clever new uses for them

21st November, 2021
French architects lead charge to upcycle rather than demolish
The Palais de Tokyo in Paris reimagined by Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal: their minimalist approach to architecture results in maximum impact. Picture: courtesy of Philippe Ruault

In the world of architecture and design, sometimes less is more. That is certainly the case for Paris-based architects Lacaton & Vassal, pioneers of a minimalist approach to housing issues which magically creates maximum impact.

Their determination in the pursuit of improving rather than imploding buildings, particularly social developments, earned Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal the 2021 Pritzker Prize, the highest accolade in architecture.

This Thursday, November 25, the duo will join the Irish 2020 Pritzker...

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