A graduate in 1978 from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux- Arts in Paris, Dominique Perrault (born in 1953) continued his studies, earning a Certificate of Higher Studies in Urbanism at the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (civil engineering) in 1979. After briefly working in the Atelier Parisien d’Urbanisme (APUR), he founded his own firm in 1981, delivering his first commission, the Someloir factory, in 1982. His project for the Bibliothèque Nationale competition in 1989, awarded the Mies Van der Rohe prize in 1997, assured him a decisive place on the international architectural landscape. His aesthetic and professional position leads him to create architecture with minimal forms in which the skin plays a particularly important role. This radical economy of means enables him to amplify the collective perception of space and the basic relationship between architecture and its context.
The ESIEE (school of electronics engineering) in Marne-la-Vallée (1984 – 1987), the velodrome and Olympic swimming pool in Berlin (1992) and more recently the Court of Justice of the European Communities in Luxembourg (1996 – 2008), the Mariinsky Theater project in Saint Petersburg (2003) and the Ewha University in Seoul (2004 – 2008) are among his major works.
© Rui Morais de Sousa / DPA / Adagp
this video :
Dominique Perrault speech video
Friday, 2nd October 2009
at Centre Pompidou
In pictures :
1. Nouveau centre de Sofia – New Center of Sofia, BG, 2009
2. Nouveau centre de Sofia – New Center of Sofia, BG, 2009