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Exhibition Detail
Druot Lacaton Vassal: Tour Bois le Prêtre – Transformation of an Apartment Block
Curated by: Ilka & Andreas Ruby
Köpenicker Straße 48/49
10179 Berlin

February 15th, 2013 - March 31st, 2013
February 14th, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
© Courtesy of Deutsches Architektur Zentrum DAZ
030 27 87 99-28
Tue-Fri 12:00-19:00 Sat/Sun 14:00-19:00

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.

Opening with Burkhard Touché (KfW Bankengruppe), the Berlin curators Ilka & Andreas Ruby.
Anne Lacaton, architect from Paris, will hold an lecture in english.

"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.

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