LE LABORATOIRE D'ARCHITECTURE

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Le laboratoire d'architecture was founded in 2013 by Vanessa Lacaille and Mounir Ayoub. Primarily focussed on Europe and Africa, their work encompasses multiple domains: architecture, landscape, territorial studies as well as editorial and curatorial projects. A native of Reunion, Vanessa Lacaille is an architect and landscape architect. After studying architecture in France and Netherlands, she graduated in landscape architecture at Versailles. The Tunisian born architect and critic, Mounir Ayoub studied in Tunisia, France and Switzerland before attending social science courses in Paris. In 2021, they formed part of the curatorial team at the Swiss Pavilion for the 17th International Architecture Biennale in Venice.

 

Updates

Lecture, édhéa, Sierre (CH), 04.11.2021

Exhibition: oræ – Experiences on the Border, 17th Architectural Biennale in Venice (IT), 22.05.2021 - 21.11.2021

Lecture: Explore, Geneva(CH), 22.10.2021

Talk with Ana Dana Beroš et Viviane Ehrensberger, Of Borders and Bodies, The physical reality of Borderscapes, Salon Suisse, Venice (IT), 23.10.2021

Lecture: Centre culturel suisse, Paris (FR), 04.11.2021

Press : A la limite, Samuel Schellenberg, Le Courrier, 07.10.2021

Coming soon: Beyond the Biennale ; Discourses on the International Architecture Exhibition in Venice

Collective work under the direction of Bianca Anna Böckle, Celina Martinez-Cañavate et Peter A. Staub

Triest Verlag, Zurich (CH), 2021

160 pages, German and English

ISBN : 978-3-03863-067-8

Radio: oræ, Experiences on the Border, Valentina Grignoli, LASER, RSI, 09.2021

Press: Architekturbiennale: Mit der Grenze leben, Gerhard Mack, NZZ am Sonntag, 05.2021

Press: La Biennale d’architecture de Venise, édition de la crise généralisée, Isabelle Regnier, Le Monde, 05.2021

Press: Die Architekturbiennale in Venedig ist kein Wohlfühl-Event. Aber es gibt Tee und eine Schaukel, Sabine Von Fischer, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 05.2021

Radio: La frontière vue par les architectes, Forum des idées, RTS, 05.2021

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Projects

Individual House in Maniron, Reunion Island (FR), ongoing, 2021-

 

Swiss Pavilion, 117th Architectural Biennale in Venice (IT), Completed, 2018-21

 

Installation of the Biennale des espaces d’art indépendants de Genève (BIG), Geneva (CH), Completed, 2019

 

Temporary footbridge, Deviant Art Festival (DAF), Geneva (CH), Completed, 2018

 

Strategy for the transformation of villa areas, Geneva (CH), Europan 13, Open International Competition, Prizewinner, 2017

 

Construction prototypes with local materials, Sidi Amor (TN), Completed 2014-18

 

Individual House in Lagrave, Tarn (FR), Completed, 2012-14

Publications

oræ, Experiences on the Border – The Guide

Authors: Fabrice Aragno, Mounir Ayoub, Vanessa Lacaille, Pierre Szczepski

Lars Müller Publishers, Zurich (CH), 2021
Graphic design : Irma Boom Office

240 pages, English

ISBN : 978-3-03778-675-8

TEC 21 n°15

Ein neu­er Blick auf al­te Gren­zen

Published by Espazium AG, Zurich (CH), 05.2021

38 pages, German

pp.22-33

Tracés n°11/2020

La frontière est un territoire

Published by Espazium AG, Lausanne (CH), 09.2020

64 pages, French

pp.7-17

 

Tracés n°02/2021

L'École de Genève : enseignement de la sauvegarde

Published by Espazium AG, Lausanne (CH), 02.2021

48 pages, French

pp.6-20

 

OASE n°102

Schools & Teachers, The Education of an Architect in Europe 

Published by OASE, Rotterdam (NL), 03.2019

127 pages, English and Dutch

ISBN : 978-94-6208-485-8

“The Geneva school”, pp.43-52

 

Tracés n°23-24/2017

L’École de Genève

Published by Espazium AG, Lausanne (CH), 12.2017

48 pages, French

pp.5-25

 

Inégalités urbaines, du projet utopique au développement durable

Collective book directed by Panos Mantziaras et Paola Vigano

Published by MétisPresses, 2017

336 pages, French

ISBN : 9782940563241

« Genève, deux ou trois choses que j’ai apprises d’elle », pp.283-290

 

AJAP 2014

Exhibition catalogue: Albums des jeunes architectes et paysagistes

Published by la Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Paris (FR), 2014

216 pages, French and English

ISBN : 978-8-83662-958-9

« Le projet du tiers urbanisme », pp.68-77

 

Mounir Ayoub's articles published in Tracés are here.

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Teaching

Invited jury for the Diploma, Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio (CH), 2020

Workshop Leaders, Diploma Design Studio Frédéric Bonnet, Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio (CH), 01.2020

Workshop Leaders, Berner Fachhochschule, Bern (CH), 02.2020

Workshop Leaders, École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Reunion Island (FR), 2019

Teaching assistant (Mounir Ayoub), Atelier Frank Escher et Ravi Gunewardena, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (CH), 2016-17

Awards

Prizewinner of the Albums of Young Architects and Landscape Designers 2014

Press selection

oræ - Experiences on the Border, Valentina Grignoli, LASER, RSI, 09.2021

 

Die Architekturbiennale in Venedig ist kein Wohlfühl-Event. Aber es gibt Tee und eine Schaukel, Sabine Von Fischer, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 05.2021

À Venise, la Suisse réfléchit sur la notion de frontière, Mireille Descombes, Le Temps, 05.2021

 

Architekturbiennale: Mit der Grenze leben, Gerhard Mack, NZZ am Sonntag, 05.2021

 

La Biennale d’architecture de Venise, édition de la crise généralisée, Isabelle Regnier, Le Monde, 05.2021

Experiences on the borders. La Svizzera alla Biennale di Architettura, Sara Villani, Artribune, 05.2021

Biennale, l’esperienza della frontiera trova Venezia, Valentina Grignoli, La Regione, 05.2021

 

Abriss der Gesellschaft, Von Niklas Maak, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 05.2021

 

Experiences on the Border: Vor dem Schweizer Pavillon oræ standen die Menschen Schlange, Daniele Muscionico, Tagblatt, 05.2021

 

La frontière vue par les architectes, Forum des idées, RTS, 05.2021

Taking a Border for a Walk, In conversation with Jørg Himmelreich and Brett Petzer, Architese, 03.2020 Geolpolitik, février 2020

 

Architectes et artistes explorent la frontière, Irène Languin, La Tribune de Genève, 01.2020

Con un camion lungo i confini della Svizzera, Valentina Grignoli, Rete 2, 10.2019