Dominique Perrault. Meta-Buildings

Edited by Ilka & Andreas Ruby
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2006 | 96p, 245×184 mm, English/German, ISBN 3-86560-108-1

A meta-building is a structure that exceeds the customary dimensions of a building to encompass a landscape or a city, both physically and conceptually” explains French architect Dominique Perrault in an interview with Andreas Ruby.

This catalogue for the exhibition on Perrault’s work held at the Architecture Center in Vienna (Dominique Perrault Architecture, Meta-Buildings, 06.07.2006-23.10.2006) shows four current projects at four different locations: the two high-rise towers for Vienna in the Donau-City; the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg; the Ewha Campus Center in Seoul; and the Olympic Tennis Stadium in Madrid. Conceived in close relationship to their surroundings, Perrault’s buildings represent additional functional and spatial proposals in the urban context and offer intermediate spaces as a continuation of public space—often in the areas between the characteristic building envelopes and the building elements.

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