Dominique Perrault / DPA Today
This is the second issue of a+u devoted to the architecture of Dominique Perrault. The previous one, which appeared in April 2003, introduced his innovative use of many kinds of softly enveloping metallic fabrics, as embodied primarily in works that were then still in planning.
This issue turns to some recent projects, with a focus on harmony between architecture and the environment another theme that has occupied him throughout his career. Among the works introduced are the Campus Valley at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, completed in May 2008, the Court of Justice of the European Communities in Luxembourg, and the Olympic Tennis Center in Madrid.
Three essays, by Frdric Migayrou, Luis Fernndez-Galiano, and Perrault himself, examine an architectural strategy of disappearance. In the words of Migayrou, Architecture that disappears, erases itself, is no longer an obstacle, a frontier between man and his surroundings, is the contradictory domain of practice Dominique Perrault has dedicated himself to.
The article on Ewha Womans University contains newly commissioned photos taken in May of this year. The works in this issue, some still incomplete, offer a perspective on the state of Dominique Perraults architecture at this point in time, and hints of its future course. (a+u)
Essay: History and Geography
Dominique Perrault
Studio Dominique Perrault Architecture
Ewha Womans University
Essay: Geometry of Disappearance
Frdric Migayrou
Court of Justice of the European Communities
Olympic Tennis Center
Essay: Bote Miracles: Olympic Tennis Center
Luis Fernndez-Galiano
Arganzuela Footbridge
San Pellegrino Thermal Baths
DC Towers
Fukoku Tower
Hotel ME
Priory Park Pavilion
NH-Fieramilano Hotel, 4* Category
Noh Theater / Butterfly Pavilion