In architecture, cities are points of departure and arrival. They are fact and abstraction, a tangible exterior and the pure product of the mind. To understand them, one must venture along the path that travels between these two separate realities. This book attempts to reproduce this trajectory and to describe it through the traces it has produced. This book's structure and shape hinge on two different perspectives on urban planning: the city as the site of experience and thought, and the city as the locus of architectural endeavor and change.
The book is available in stores March 23rd.
The white notebooks contain writings, reflections, and observations about the urban experiences. These notes were often written during trips. The black notebooks, on the other hand, seek to lay out the scope of our research and to describe architecture as we practice it, namely by discussing the major themes that run through our projects. There are no direct connections between these different parts, aside from the ones that readers may of course decide to make.White and Black notebooks
After a 9-months long competition, LAN has been chosen for the restructuring and the extension of the Grand Palais at the very heart of Paris. "The project was held for its respect toward the historic building for the quality and the modernity of the fittings that will allow the enhancement of the Grand Palais. The volume of the galleries around the Grand Nave, the unity of the building and the circulation of the lights will be restored."LAN, won the competition !
The restructuring of the National Galleries seeks to take into account the interdependence between comprehending the work and its formal and conceptual presentation. This becomes a unique opportunity to develop a vast range of diverse “situations” in terms of volumes, light, materials, and their relationship to the outside. It is not simply a question of making the volumes flexible, but of giving them the ability to become an event in and of themselves.Thirteen gallery modules for a large flexibility
A tourist itinerary opens on the Grand Palais of the city. An internal tourist itinerary continues through the outside promenade, along the rooftop of the Grand Palais. Crowning the crossing of the spaces, an observatory is offered to the public. It allows them to discover the roof’s materiality and the architectural qualities from up close, and it will provide them with unobstructed, total new vista.
LAN is invited to give a lecture in the frame of the 13th International Congress of Architectes of Panama, in April 2014.