Dominique Perrault, Architect

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Birkhäuser, Jan 1, 1999 - Architecture - 392 pages
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The ultimate monograph on the complete works of Dominique Perrault, the acclaimed architect of the Bibliotheque nationale de France. Dominique Perrault was born in 1953 and has won several prizes for his architecture including the Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture in 1997. His work is often characterized by an unadorned austerity and transparency combined with the monumental. This can be seen in his Hotel Industriel Berlier and the Bibliotheque Nationale de France in Paris. Perrault's intention that the building, the surroundings and nature should form an enduring unity is revealed in his Velodrome and Olympic Swimming Pool in Berlin. The manner in which Perrault uses materials shows his masterly sense for their technical, optical, tactile and psychological qualities.
This is the first comprehensive monograph on Dominique Perrault's work to date. It presents 30 buildings and projects in detail, using sketches, plans and photographs, most of which were especially taken for this book. This visual material is complemented by fascinating and informative texts. Each of Perrault's works is interpreted by a well-known international architect, architectural historian or architecture critic, making this a stimulating and invaluable book on Perrault's oeuvre.

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