Open lecture 18. May at 1900: Lacaton Vassal "Inhabiting, pleasure and luxury for all" by Jean- Philippe Vassal

Open lecture at BAS, in the large auditorium! Sandviksboder 59-61a. Welcome!

Lacaton Vassal (Fr)


Established in Paris in 1987 by Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, the practice have designed commercial, educational, cultural and residential buildings. A connecting thread across their work is the desire to find what is essential in each situation and to create a modest language of architecture based on an economy of means. Whether it is their celebrated conversion of the Palais de Tokyo or their social housing refurbishments, Lacaton and Vassal make intelligent re-use of the existing, minimising new building through innovative design, and through an appreciation of the transformative possibilities in each situation. They maintain that ninety percent of what is required for most projects is already available on site. Philippe Lacaton traces this attitude to five years spent in Niger which he describes as a formative experience, where he witnessed first hand what could be achieved with very little through the innovation and creativity of those living in scarcity. (Text from Spatial Agency -