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26 Oct 2015 – Dominique Perrault is an architect who steeps himself in the history, environment, and special local nature of the construction site. His innovative buildings are designed to blend into the environment without spoiling those features.

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Practice Information

Dominique Perrault Architect – background

1953 Born in Clermont-Ferrand, France
1973 Enters school of architecture and attends the workshop of Martin van Treck
1978 Diploma in architecture (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris)
1979 Higher diploma in town planning (Ecole supérieure des Ponts et Chaussée, Paris)
1980 Postgraduate degree in history (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
1981 Opening of his office in Paris and first built work: factory Someloir in Châteaudun, France
1983 Winner of the ‘Program for New Architecture’ (PAN XII)
1984 First notable project: ESIEE (academy for engineers of electronics and electrical engineering) for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris – Marne-la-Vallée
1989 Winner of the international competition for the French National Library in Paris
1990 Completion of the Hôtel Industriel Jean-Baptiste Berlier in Paris. As its first tenant Dominique Perrault is setting up his office to build the National Library. The building receives the « l’Equerre d’argent» in 1990 and the «Constructa Prize» in 1992.
1992 Winner of the international competition for the Velodrome and Olympic Swimming Pool in Berlin, Germany
Opening of an office in Berlin
1993 Great National Prize of Architecture, France
1995 Inauguration of the French National Library by François Mitterrand on March 23
1996 Winner of the international competition for the Town Hall of Innsbruck in Austria
1997 Mies van der Rohe Pavilion Award for European Architecture, conferred by the Foundation Mies van der Rohe and the European Parliament for the French National Library
First direct order: factory Aplix in Cellier-sur-Loire, France, which receives the «World Architecture Award» in Hong Kong, first prize for best industrial building in 2001
2000 Opening of an office in Luxembourg for the extension of the Court of Justice of the European Communities
2002 Winner of the international competition for the New Olympic Tennis and Multisports Center, Madrid, Spain
Opening of the Town Hall of Innsbruck and winner of the competition for the Urban planning of Donau-City centre in Vienna
2003 Winner of the international competition for the New Building of the State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia
2004 Winner of the international competition for the New EWHA Womans University Campus Center, Seoul, Korea
Creation of DPA Russia
2006 Creation of DPA Spain

Dominique Perrault Architect – projects in progress

Vienna DC Towers 1+2, two office and hotel-towers of 200 m, in the heart of the Donau-City, Vienna, 2004-2010

EWHA Womans University Campus Center, Seoul, 2004-2007

Agelco office building, León, 2006-2008
Reconfiguration of Manzanares banks, Madrid, 2005-2008
Convention centre, Leon, 2005-2009
High-rise building with 90 apartments, Durango, Bilbao, 2004-2010
New Olympic Tennis and Multisports Center, Parque de Manzanares, Madrid, 2002-2009
Five-star-hotel high-rise building, Barcelona, 1999-2008
Design of «Las Teresitas» beach and seafront, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 2000-2008
Construction of a four-star hotel complex, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 2000-2010

Office building Chaude Rivière, Lille, 2006-2009
Sports Complex, Rouen, 2006-2009
Hôtel d’Agglomération, Perpignan, 2005-2008
Offices building, Boulogne Billancourt, 2005-2007
Housing ZAC Euralille 2, Lille, 2005-2007
Factory Rehabilitation, Paris, 2004-2007

Great Britain
Pavilion of the Priory Park, Reigate, 2005-2007

Two Towers – Hotel 3* and 4*, Fiera di Milano, 2006-2008
Piazza Garibaldi and development of access to metro and train station, Naples, 2004-2008
Urban system of footbridges, Palermo, 2004-2007
Subway of Palermo (12 stations), Palermo, 2004-2012
A.Cardarelli Hospital, library and reception spaces, Naples, 2005-2007

Extension of the Court of Justice of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 1996-2008
Reconfiguration of the Plateau Kirchberg, Luxembourg, 1996-2008

Mariinsky Theatre, Second scene, St. Petersburg, 2003-2009

Offices tower, Osaka, 2006-2010

Dominique Perrault Architect – selected realisations

Parking Garage Emile Durkheim, Paris, 2000-2002
Media Library, Vénissieux, 1997-2001
APLIX S.A.- Industrial manufacturing unit, Le Cellier, Nantes, 1997-1999
The Great Greenhouse for the «Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie», Paris, 1995-1997
Technical centre of books, Bussy Saint-Georges, 1993-1995
Gallery Denise René, Paris, 1991
French National Library, Paris, 1989-1995
Mayenne Departmental Archives, Laval, 1989-1993
Meuse Departmental Headquarters, Bar-le-Duc,1988-1994
Water processing plant, for SAGEP, Ivry-sur-Seine,1987-1993
Apartment building «Le Louis Lumière», Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, 1988-1991
Conference centre Usinor-Sacilor, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, 1988-1991
Multi-storey industrial building «Hôtel Industriel Berlier», Paris, 1986-1990
ESIEE (academy for engineers of electronics and electrical engineering), Marne-la-Vallée, 1984-1987
Housing estate «Les Caps Horniers», Rezé-lès-Nantes,1983-1986
Factory Someloir, Châteaudun, 1981-1983

Design of Friedrich-Ebert-Platz, Düren, 2004
Velodrome and Olympic Swimming Pool, Berlin, 1992–99

Café Lichtblick, terrace of town hall, Innsbruck, 2002-2005
Supermarket for the group MPREIS, Wattens, 2001-2003
Supermarket for the group MREIS, Zirl, 2001-2002
Town hall, offices, commerce and hotel, Innsbruck, 1996-2004
Supermarket MPREIS, Wattens, 1999–2000

Montigalà Training Stadium, Badalona, Barcelona, 2001

United States
Factory for metal fabrics GKD USA, Cambridge, Maryland, 2004

Piazza Gramsci, Cinisello Balsamo, Milan, 1999-2004

Nô Theatre, Niigata, 2004-2006

Dominique Perrault Architect – urban development

Berlin: BLEG «Das Spreeknie», redevelopment of an industrial area (offices, university facilities, housing), 1994-1998

Vienna, Masterplan of the Donau-City Centre and the river banks of the Danube, 2002-2003

Studies to preserve and develop the historical cities of Suzhou and Lijiang, 1996-1997

Ruoholathi Salmisaari, urban studies, city hall Helsinki and City Planning Departments, 2000-2001

Caen: site UNIMETAL, District du Grand Caen, urban development scheme, 1994-1998
Tremblay-en-France: re-qualification studies for the town centre, 1995-1997
Bordeaux: urban development of the two river banks of the Garonne, Bastide district, 1992-1997
Marly le Roi, project of urban planning, 1997
Nantes, studies for urban development of Isle Saint-Anne, 1992-1995

Airport Amsterdam-Schiphol, studies for development of the north-east zone «Haarlemmermeer-polder», 2000-2002

Dominique Perrault Architect – materials / design / interiors


Scenography for the ballet «La Cité radieuse» of Frédéric Flamand, choreograph, Ballet de Marseille, 2004-2005
Scenography of the exhibition «Architects’ Exhibition Design», Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris, 2006


Since 1990 : research and creation of metal fabrics in architecture particularly in collaboration with GKD Germany

Furniture Design

Floor lamps, edited by Fontana Arte
Street lighting, edited by Fontana Arte
Lustre, in collaboration with Baccarat
Desk and floor lamp, edited by Halotech
Tables, carpets and lamps, edited by Sawaya & Moroni
Ecofrigo, in collaboration with Fagor
Concept for kitchen in modules, for Fagor
Concept for «laborkitchen», for Fagor
Tea and coffee service, edited by Alessi
Chair and armchair, edited by Martin Stoll
Lamp with dimmed lights, edited by Sammode
Projector with adjustable shutters, edited by Sammode
Metal grid adaptable for several lamps, edited by Sammode
Neon tube with integrated folded metal fabric, edited by Sammode
Accessories neon tubes series, edited by Sammode
Accessories lights, Wila


Bench for Wanas foundation, Stockholm, Sweden 1997
Installation Kolonihaven, Copenhagen, Denmark 1996

Exhibition Space

Domotex fair, Hannover, Germany, 1999
Pavilion Pfleiderer, Bau 99, Munich, 1999
Central stand ELEC’96, Parc des expositions, Villepinte, 1996
Stand for the cinema museums, Berlin, 1994
Stand Technal, Batimat 93, Paris, 1993

Dominique Perrault – competitions & projects

Dominique Perrault – Court of Justice of the European Community, Luxembourg

Milan hotel towerst

EWHA Womans University – Universite Feminine d’Ewha, Seoul

Court of Justice, Douai, 2006
Phare Tower, La Défense, Paris, 2006
ARTEM, Nancy, 2006
Bois-Le-Prêtre Tower, Paris, 2005
Rivesaltes Memorial, 2005
Aquatic Centre, Mantes-la-Jolie, 2005
Airbus Delivery Centre Saurous, Toulouse, 2005
Façade of the Isle Seguin, Boulogne Billancourt, 2004
Centre Georges Pompidou, Metz, 2003
Museum of Modern Art of the Pinault foundation Isle Séguin, Boulogne-Billancourt, 2001
Headquarter of the Banque Populaire du Sud-Ouest, Bordeaux, 2001
Research building for National Museum of Natural History, Chevreloup, 2000

Domplatz, Hamburg, 2005
Media Library, Braunschweig, 2004
European Central Bank, Frankfurt, 2003
International School Bonn, 2003, 2nd prize
Hotel Sankt Pauli, Hamburg, 2002
Redevelopment of Promenade am Jungfernstieg, Hamburg, 2002, mentioned
Mediacity Port, Hamburg, 2001, 2nd prize
BMW adventure and delivery centre, Munich, 2001
Design of the new subway «Wehrhahnlinie Düsseldorf», Düsseldorf, 2001
Office tower area of «Lehrter Bahnhof», Berlin, 1998, winning project, without realization
Airport of Dortmund, 1996

Sihlpost, Zurich, 2006
Zurich Forum, 2005
Museum of Art Bellerive, Lausanne, 2004
City Gate Basel, Basel, 2003, 2nd prize
Athletic Stadium Letzigrund, Zurich, 2003
Novartis Headquarters, Basel, 2002, 2nd prize
Foundation of the International School of Geneva, Saconay, 2001, mention
Landesmuseum, Zurich, 2000
Maison de la Paix, Geneva, 1997, without realization

Convention centre, Krems, 2005
Urban design for the Uni-Park Nonntal, Salzburg, 2002
Showroom, workshops and offices for Mercedes, Salzburg, 2001
Conference centre, Graz, 1999
Ski jump, Innsbruck, 1999
Bank building for the Salzburger Sparkasse, Salzburg, 1994, winning project, without realization

Library and Research Center of the University of Seville, 2006
Goya Museum, Zaragoza, 2006
Contemporary Art Center, Cordoba, 2005
Reorganisation of railway stations Leon-West, Leon, 2005
Convention centre, Palma of Majorca, 2005
Durango station, Bilbao, 2004
Extension of the museum in the Royal Palace, Madrid, 2002
Planning of the Railway site, Canfranc, 2001
City of Galician culture, Santiago de Compostela, 1999
Extension of the Reina Sofía Museum, Madrid, 1999, 2nd prize

Sanpaolo IMI Tower, Turin, 2006
Bridge on river Arno, Florence, 2005
Botanical garden of Padua, 2005
New fair of Milan, 2004
Masterplan Segni di qualità : Giustiniano Imperatore, Rome, 2004
High-speed railway station Napoli Afragola, Naples, 2003, 2nd prize
Extension of the Modern Art Gallery, Rome, 2000
Ponte di Parodi, Genoa, 2000
New headquarters of the Institute of Architecture, Venice, 1998
Scenography of the ruins of the Mitra Temple, Naples, 1998
Urban park on the former industrial site Falck at Sesto San Giovanni, Milan, 1998
Congress Center, EUR quarter, Rome, 1998

United States
House Schindler, MAK LA, Los Angeles, 2003
Vanity Fair, Tower of Faith, New York, 2001
Extension of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New-York, 1997

Book Building, Beijing, 2003, phase two
Olympic Swimming Pool, Beijing, 2003
«Landmark» Shengming Zhiyuan International Plaza, Beijing, 2003
Industry base for engineering and pharmacy, Beijing, 2003
CCTV, Chinese Television, Beijing, 2002
Stone Cutters Bridge, Hong Kong, 2000
Lu Jia Zui business centre, Shanghai, 1992

High-rise building Sankei Nishi-Umeda, Osaka, 2004
Northern station quarter of Osaka, Osaka, 2003
Tomihiro Museum, SHI-GA, 2001
Kansai-Kan National Library, Kyoto Seika-cho, 1996
International harbour terminal, Yokohama, 1994

Ørestad high school, Copenhagen, 2003
North Jutland House of Music, Aalborg, 2002
Extension of the Art Museum of Ordrupgaard in Charlottenlund, Copenhagen, 2001
New Headquarters of the Danish Television, Copenhagen, 2000, 2nd prize

Great Britain
Olympic Swimming Pool «London 2012», London, 2004
Tate modern, Master Plan Bankside cultural quarter, London, 2004, workshop
Barking Reach Master Plan London, London, 2003
Extension of the Goldsmith College, London, 2002
«Towers Schemes», development of the London Tower, London, 1999

Sandnes Museum, Sandnes, 2004

Library of Mexico, 2003
Casa de Francia, Mexico City, 2002

Casa dà Musica, Porto, 1999

Seoul Performing Arts Centre, Seoul, 2006
Digital Library, Seoul, 2005
Seoul International Finance Centre, Seoul, 2004

Dominique Perrault – publications

Monograph by Maria Vittoria Capitanucci, Skira, 2006 (Italian, French or English)
Monograph CA n°64, CA Press Publishing, January 2006 (Korean/ English)
Monograph by Gilles de Bure, Terrail, France, 2004 (French/ English)
Monograph by Andrea Bruschi, Edizioni Kappa, Italy, 2002 (Italian)
Monograph, Images Publishing, Australia, 2001 (English or Chinese)
Progetti e architectture, Electa, 2000 (Italian)
Monograph, With, ACTAR / Birkhäuser, 1999 (French, English or Spanish)
Small projects, Gili, 1998 (English/ Spanish)
Monograph, Artémis, 1994 (French/ English)
El Croquis, 2001
A+U Monograph n° 391, 2003
WA, The World Architecture Magazine Publications, China, 2004
Exhibition catalogue «Meta-Buildings», Walther König, 2006 (German/English)
Exhibition catalogue «Morceaux choisis», Sens & Tonka Editeurs, 2002 (French/English/Spanish)
Exhibition catalogue, Gammel Dok, Copenhagen, Eric Messerschmidt & Gilbert Hansen, 1998
Exhibition catalogue, gallery TN Probe, Tokyo, 1998
Exhibition catalogue, gallery AEDES, Berlin, Sens & Tonka, 1995 (French/ Spanish)
Exhibition catalogue, Architekturgalerie, Luzern, Sens & Tonka, 1996 (German/English/French)
MPreis by Dominique Perrault, photographed by Jordi Bernadó, Actar, 2006 (French/German/English)
GKD-USA, Dominique Perrault, André Morin, DPA, 2006 (English/German)
Rathaus Innsbruck, Dominique Perrault, Jordi Bernadó, Actar, 2004 (German/English)
New Mariinsky Theater, Dominique Perrault, AEDES, 2003, (English / Russian)
Gilles de Bure, Mesh, GKD 10 years, W Design, 2002 (German, English, Spanish or French)
Marianne Brausch, The major extension of the Court of Justice of the European Communities, Fonds d’Urbanisation et
d’Aménagement du Plateau du Kirchberg, 2002 (French/English)
Perrault raconte la Bibliothèque nationale de France, N. Coleno, Ed. du Regard SCERE-CNDP, 2002 (French)
La médiathèque de Vénissieux, Actar, 2001 (French)
Nature – Architecture, Vélodrome et Piscine Olympique, Actar, 2001 (French/German)
Piscine olympique Berlin / Vélodrome Berlin, Stadtwandel Verlag, 2000 (French, German)
Aplix, Lars Müller, 1999 (French/English)
L’Hôpital du livre – Centre technique de la Bibliothèque nationale de France, Sens & Tonka, 1998 (French)
Meubles et Tapisseries, Birkhäuser, 1997 (French/English/German)
La Bibliothèque nationale de France, Birkhäuser, 1995 (French/English)
Hôtel industriel Berlier, photographed by Georges Fessy et Hubert Tonka, 1990 (out of print)
ESIEE, photographed by Georges Fessy und Hubert Tonka, 1988 (out of print)
Claude Rutault, exhibition catalogue of the installation in the «Hôtel Industriel Berlier», Electa, 2000 (French)

Solo exhibitions

2007 Arc en rêve, Bordeaux, France, «DPA Dominique Perrault Architecture»
2006 ArchitekturZentrum, Vienna, « Meta-Buildings »
2003-06 Travelling exhibition – DPA, «New Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg»
Showroom Zumtobel, Puurs, Belgium
Lichtforum Zumtobel, Vienna, Austria
Building Centre – Royal Academy, London, England
Gallery Aedes, Berlin, Germany
2002-04 Travelling exhibition AFAA – DAPA, «Morceaux choisis»
2004 Sawaya & Moroni, Milan, Italy, «Crystal Sambesi»
2002 Gallery Anne de Villepoix, Paris, France, «Mesh»
2000 French Institute Berlin, Germany
The Finnish Museum of Architecture, Helsinki, Finland
1999 Museum of Estonian Architecture, Tallin
Danish Centre of Architecture, Gammel Dok Copenhagen, Denmark
Bauhaus university, Weimar, Germany,
RAS Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
Gallery of the Ministerio de Fomento, Madrid, Spain, «Dominique Perrault, Arquitecto Urbanista»
1998 TN Probe Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, «Des Natures»
University of Illinois, Chicago, USA
Architektur-Forum Tirol, Innsbruck, Austria, «Architektur und Natur»
1997 Association of Portuguese architects, Lisbon, Portugal
1996 Architekturgalerie Luzern, Switzerland, «Des Natures, au-delà de l’architecture»
Gallery Aedes Berlin, Germany, «Paris…Berlin. Dominique Perrault»
1994 Arc en rêve architectural centre in Bordeaux, France
Hangar 14, Bordeaux, France, «Bordeaux les Deux Rives»
1992 I.F.A. – French Institute of Architecture, Paris, France
1991 Gallery Denise René / Rive Gauche, Paris, France, «Etudes pour la Bibliothèque nationale de France»
Gallery Denise René / Rive Droite, Paris, France, «Concept-Contexte»

Group exhibitions

2006 Deutsches Architektur Museum, Francfurt, Germany, «High Society»
Biennale di Venezia, Italy
Espace Electra, Paris, France, «L’eau, source d’architecture»
Biennale of architecture, London, England
Pinakotek, Minich, Germany, «Architektur+Sport»
MoMA, New York, USA, «On-Site: New Architecture in Spain»
2005 Biennale of architecture, San Paulo, Brasil
Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Paris, France, «D’île en île»
Gallery GA, Tokyo, Japan, «GA International 2005»
2004 Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, «New Experiments in Art, Architecture and the City», participation
Biennale of architecture Beijing, China
Biennale di Venezia, Italy, «Metamorph»
Arc en rêve architectural centre of Bordeaux, France, «E-W / N-S»
2003 Royal Academy of Arts, London, England, «Summer exhibition»
2002 Biennale di Venezia, Italy, «Next»
2000 Biennale di Venezia, Italy, «More ethic, less aesthetic»
1999 Design-competition, London, England, «Towers schemes»
1998 I.F.A. – French Institute of Architecture, Paris, France, «5th Mies Van der Rohe Prize»
1997 Gallery GA, Tokyo, Japan, «six French architects»
Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain, «New landscapes»
1996 N.A.I. – Netherlands Architecture Institute Rotterdam, Netherlands, «Europe in dialog»
Biennale di Venezia, Italy

Dominique Perrault – professorships

2000-03 E.T.H. of Zurich, Switzerland
2000 Institut Victor Horta Brussels, Belgium
1999 Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona, Spain
1998 Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, USA
1997 School of Architecture, New-Orleans, USA
1995-96 School of Architecture, Rennes, France

Dominique Perrault – memberships and presidencies

Member of the Academy of Architecture in France
Member of the French Legion of Honour
Honourable member of the Association of German Architects (BDA)
Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Member of Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid (COAM)
Member of Union of Architects of Russia (UAR)
President of the French Institute of Architecture (IFA), 1998-2001

missions in France and abroad

2004 Consultant member of the council of administration of the «Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine», Paris
2000-03 Member of the Urbanism Committee of the City of Barcelona, Spain
2003 Member of the jury of the Olympic National Stadium Beijing 2008, China
2001 Member of the jury, Mies van der Rohe Award for Europe
2000 President of the jury Fukushima, Japan
2000 Member of the jury, Mies van der Rohe Award for Latin America
1998 Member of the jury, Mies van der Rohe Award for Europe
1998 Member of the jury EUROPAN 5, Helsinki, Finland
1997-98 President of the jury of the French Academy in Rome, Villa Medici, Italy
1996 Member of the jury EUROPAN 4, Graz, Austria
1994-97 Member of the council for urban planning of the city of Salzburg, Austria
1992-97 Consultant architect for the city of Bordeaux, France
1990-92 Consultant architect for the city of Nantes, France
1988-98 Member of the board of the French Institute of Architecture -IFA Paris, France
1986 Consultant architect for the Loiret department council, France
1982-84 Development architect in the Parisian town-planning workshop (APUR)


2006 «New Alpine Architecture» Award 2006, for the M-Preis supermarket in Zirl
2006 Dedalo – Minosse International Prize, special award for the town hall in Innsbruck
2005 AIA Maryland best industrial building, for GKD factory, Cambridge, USA
2003 BTV Bauherrenpreis, Austria (architect/client) for the M-Preis supermarket in Wattens II
BTV Bauherrenpreis, Austria (architect/client) for the town hall in Innsbruck
2002 «World Architecture Award», first prize for best public building, for the Media Library in Vénissieux
2001 «World Architecture Award», first prize for best industrial building, for the APLIX factory
2000 First prize of the “office furniture” AIT competition for the French National Library Reading-Chair
1999 German award of architecture, second prize, for the Velodrome and Olympic Swimming Pool in Berlin
1997 Mies van der Rohe Pavilion Award for European architecture, conferred by the Foundation Mies van der Rohe
and the European Parliament for the French National Library
1996 Special mention, Constructec-Prize 1996, European prize of industrial architecture for
the water-processing plant SAGEP
1993 Great National Prize of Architecture
1992 Constructa Preis’ 92 : European prize for the Hôtel Industriel Berlier
1990 First prize AMO (architect/client) for the Hôtel Industriel Berlier
First prize of the Moniteur magazine for the Hôtel Industriel Berlier
Silver medal for town planning for the French National Library
1984 First prize AMO (architect/client), for the factory Someloir
1983 Winner of the «Album of Young Architecture», assigned by the Ministry of Housing
Winner of the «Programme for New Architecture» (PAN XII)

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