Official public opening of Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette.
Lafayette Anticipations has the mission to provide artists from diverse practices with made-to-measure resources for experimentation, production and exhibition. Following a cycle of three to four annual exhibits, accompanied by public events and performance series, the Fondation promotes the encounter of talent and know-how, and creates a dynamic environment for discussion and ideas, open to all audiences.
Located 9 rue du Plâtre, in the heart of the Marais district in Paris, Lafayette Anticipations is settling into a 2,200 sq.m. industrial building renovated by architect Rem Koolhaas and OMA. The architectural intervention manages to articulate two seemingly contradictory conditions: the desire for programmatic flexibility and the respect of strict and mandatory preservation rules. OMA imagined a daring architecture based on an innovative play of mobile platforms allowing the space to be rearranged in over forty different configurations, thus encouraging artists’ creativity.