Druot, Lacaton & Vassal: Tour Bois le Prêtre - Transformation of an Apartment Block
Exhibition: 15.2. - 31.3.2013 //
Opening hours: Wed - Sun // 2 - 7 p.m.
The Tour Bois le Prêtre exhibition shows the fascinating metamorphosis of a 1960s Parisian apartment block slated for demolition even as it was still fully inhabited. Instead, the building underwent a major renovation by architects Frédéric Druot and Lacaton & Vassal during which the tenants were able to remain in their homes. Apartments were enlarged and improved with winter gardens and balconies, while rents remained unchanged and energy costs were reduced. The transformation of the Tour Bois le Prêtre was more than an architectural project; it is a model for architects, urban planners, preservationists, developers and politicians for tackling one of today’s greatest engineering challenges: the energetic and social rehabilitation of the mass housing units of the 1960s and 1970s all across Europe.
The exhibition was opened by Burkhard Touché (KfW Bankengruppe) and the Berlin curators Ilka & Andreas Ruby. Anne Lacaton, architect from Paris, held a lecture.
"Tour Bois le Prêtre – Transformation of an Apartment Block" is an exhibition of DAM Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt curated by Ilka & Andreas Ruby and Something Fantastic.
The exhibition catalogue can be ordered online through www.ruby-press.com.
The exhibition is even open throught the Easter Holidays (not on Monday) 2-5 p.m.