Dominique Perrault (1953), architect from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris (1978) and Higher Diploma in Towm Planning (1979) from the same university, based its office in 1981 in Paris, and currently has two international offices in Geneva and Madrid. He has been professor in several Architectural Schools, as the one of Rennes, New Orleans, Chicago, Barcelona, Brussels or Zurich and his work has been exhibited in museums all around the world..
Figure of French architecture, Dominique Perrault gained international recognition after having won the competition for the National French library in 1989 at the age of 36. This project marked the starting point of many other public and private commissions abroad, such as The Velodrome and Olympic swimming pool of Berlin (1992), the extension of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg in (1996), the Olympic tennis centre in Madrid (2002), the campus of Ewha’s University in Seoul (2004) and the Fukoku Tower in Osaka, Japan (2010).
He is member of the Grand Paris scientific council, was appointed curator of the French Pavilion in the 12th Architecture Biennale in Venice (2010), being the subject of the installation METROPOLIS ?.
Among the prizes he has been awarded with, the AFEX Award for the Ewha Womans University in Korea and the “Grande Médaille d’or d’Architecture” from the Académie d’Architecture in 2010, the Mies van der Rohe prize (1997), the French national Grand Prize for Architecture (1993) and the Equerre d’argent prize for the Hotel Industriel Berlier (1989).
The body of his work was assembled in a monographic exhibition: “Dominique Perrault Architecture” exhibited at the Centre Georges Pompidou in 2008 and later made and itinerant show that travelled to Madrid (ICO Foundation, 2009) and Tokyo (Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, 2010). In 2015 he was awarded with the Praemium Imperiale prize, by the imperial family of Japan and Japan Art Association.
The interior fittings of the National Library of France (1998), the Olympic Tennis Center of Madrid (1999), the Great Extension of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg (2008) or the Grand Théâtre des Cordeliers in Albi (2014) are one of the major projects in which she developed the unprecedented use of gigantic metal mesh hangings, as well as unusual luminaries, accurately inserted into each of the architectures as artistic installations. The seating and the furniture are conceived in the same spirit of being one with each of the projects, all of which are very rigorous.
In collaboration with Dominique Perrault, she develops both technical and aesthetic research on the industrial mesh transformed into architectural materials. Examples include the metal drapes of the Pavillon Dufour at the Château de Versailles, refitted in 2016, or the Drape House, a small pavilion designed in 2018 for the Kinare Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan, to accommodate installations or artistic performances. Likewise, in the In 360° tube series, the mesh, as fine as tulle lace, comes in many forms. At the same time, precise, poetic, baroque, and generous through timeless creations, Gaëlle Lauriot-Prévost declines and transposes materials and lights in interventions always created according to each situation. From the calepinage of the coatings to the details of fixations, from the consistency of the light to the sound behavior of the space, his attention is total.