The renewal of the Longchamp racecourse should ensure that it maintains its place in both the Grand Paris and on the international scene of the world’s major racecourses.
Such an ambitious goal must be guided not only by an emblematic architectural project that can be adapted to future needs, but also a landscape project that transfigures the area, highlighting the built legacy, the historical heritage of the racecourse, and especially the green heritage of the Bois de Boulogne, which originated in the composition designed by Alphand in the 19th century.
The race for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is the highpoint of the life of the racecourse. Therefore, the main challenge of this project is for it to be able to host this event, which draws up to 60,000 spectators, under exceptional conditions, while also welcoming a much smaller crowd on ordinary racing days. Continue reading Dominique Perrault
The Lightwalk is not only an architectural component, it also is a part of the territory and the ground of the city. Defined as a Land Art intervention, it belongs to the city scale, in dialogue with the Han River and Tancheon Stream and the mountains in the background. It is a minimalistic, yet incredibly powerful gesture, which marks the presence of a new major integrated public transportation station for the city of Seoul. Spanning between the two main road of the Gangnam district, Bongeunsaro and Teheranro, the Lightwalk creates a landscape intervention linking the two axis and acts as an orientation mark from all sides. Like a ruler, a single line marks the territory and gives a measurement unit, in otherwise out of urban fabric scale, made out of stretched wide streets and skyscrapers such as a future GBC tower. The Lightwalk creates a new horizon. Rooted in the ground, it is the symbol of a renewed Seoul, which aims to become more pedestrian friendly, a landmark for all underground infrastructures worldwide, where users can experience natural light and air, deep into the ground, in the Groundscape. Continue reading Dominique Perrault
Dominique Perrault and Philippe Bélaval’s project aims to bring life back into the Île de la Cité, whose population has been dwindling for decades. Over the course of the nineteenth century, as residential buildings and activities were replaced by major public institutions, the island gradually turned into an administrative hub. Today the partial relocation of Paris’s Court of Justice, Police headquarters and oldest hospital, the Hôtel-Dieu, into other areas of the city, leaves room for a repurposing of the buildings. Continue reading Dominique Perrault
The building is designed as a vertical city and creates a silhouette of horizontal lines with extensively protruding ceiling plates that offer both acoustic and solar insulation. The deliberately transparent façade surfaces with a mullion and transom design accommodate alternative uses in line with sustainability. The 4 lowest floors constitute an open garage with an all-round ramp. Continue reading Dominique Perrault
Redeveloping the individual visitors’ reception area in the Dufour Pavilion and the Vieille Aile (Old Wing) is one of the major projects in the “Grand Versailles” master plan. The architect Dominique Perrault was commissioned to design the layout for the future reception area measuring 2,700 m2. Continue reading Dominique Perrault