BECOMING LACATON & VASSAL:
Bordeaux School (1960-2020)

Where it all started…

Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal began their work in Bordeaux, after their graduating in 1980 from the local architecture school. The Latapie house, built in 1993 in Floirac, launched their career: it immediately placed them as representative of a radical, economical architecture.

But they come from a wider local trend, sometimes nicknamed “the Bordeaux school” and initiated by their master Jacques Hondelatte in the 80s. An architect revered by personalities such as Jean Nouvel and the author of conceptual and provocative projects, Hondelatte marked its teaching by an approach tainted with the importance of quality of use and the belief that it is necessary to invent new more open and more spacious living spaces,. His influence still continues to feed the thought and work of many Bordeaux architects who carry out humble and generous projects, where the inhabitant is at the core of architecture.

This visit will allow you to visit some of Lacaton & Vassal’s buildings (GHI residence -Mies van der Rohe Award 2019-, Grand-Parc party centre, management sciences university) but also work from local offices such as Jacques Hondelatte, éo architecture, Raphaëlle Hondelatte or Atelier Provisoire.