Born in France in 1955. Graduated from the School of architecture of Bordeaux in 1980. Diploma in Urban Planning at the university of Bordeaux in 1984.

Visiting professor at the University of Madrid, MCH Master in Collective Housing 2007-2013, 2017-2019, 2021, at the EPFL Lausanne, 2004, 2006 and 2010-11, University of Florida, Ivan Smith Studio in 2012, University of NY-Buffalo, Clarkson Chair in 2013, at the Pavillon Neuflize OBC-Palais de Tokyo, Paris, in 2013-2014, at Harvard GSD : Kenzo Tange 2011 & Design critic 2015, at TU Delft, sem 2016-17, at ETH Zürich 2017-2020.

Anne Lacaton - Projects

FRAC Dunkerque

 Architects: LACATON & VASSAL

Location: Dunkerque, France

Year: 2013-2015

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The FRAC houses regionally assembled public collections of contemporary art. These collections are conserved, archived and presented to the public through on site exhibitions and by loans to both galleries and museums. The North region FRAC is located on the site of Dunkerque port in an old boat warehouse called Halle AP2. The halle AP2 is a singular and symbolic object. Its internal volume is immense, bright, impressive. Its potential for uses is exceptional. To implant the FRAC, as a catalyst for the new area, and also to keep the halle in its entirety becomes the basic idea of our project. To achieve this concept, the project creates a double of the halle, of the same dimension, attached to the existing building, on the side which faces the sea, and which contains the program of the FRAC. The new building juxtaposes delicately without competing nor fading. The duplication is the attentive response to the identity of the halle; Under a light and bioclimatic envelope, a prefabricated and efficient structure determines free, flexible and evolutionary platforms, with few constraints, fit to the needs of the program. The transparency of the skin allows to see the background vision of the opaque volume of the artworks reserves. The public footbridge (previously planned along the facade) which crosses the building becomes a covered street entering the halle and the internal facade of the FRAC. The halle AP2 will remain a completely available space, which can work either with the FRAC, in extension of its activities, (exceptional temporary exhibitions, creation of large scale works, particular handlings) or independently to welcome public events (concert, fairs, shows, circus, sport) and which enriches the possibilities of the area. The functioning of each of the buildings is separated, or combined. The architecture of the halle and its current quality make sufficient minimal, targeted and limited interventions. Thanks to the optimization of the project, the budget allows the realisation of the FRAC and the setting up of conditions and equipment for public use of the halle AP2. The project so creates an ambitious public resource, of flexible capacity, which allows work at several scales from everyday exhibitions to large-scale artistic events, of regional but also european and international resonance, which consolidates the redevelopment of the port of Dunkerque.

Cité Manifeste

Architects: LACATON & VASSAL

Location: Mulhouse, France

Year: 2005

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This project for 14 single-family houses is part of an operation for 61 dwellings created by five teams of architects* in the extended space of a housing estate in Mulhouse.Our aim is to produce quality houses that are, for the same price, considerably larger than the standardized housing usually met with.To begin with, the creating of a structure and a cheap and effective simple enveloppe enables us to define, on the loft principle, a maximum surface area and volume with contrasting, complementary and surprising spatial qualities.On the ground floor a post/beam structure in concrete supports a platform at a height of 3 m, upon which horticultural greenhouses are fixed. The frame is in galvanized steel, the walls in transparent polycarbonate. Part of the greenhouse is isolated and heated. The other part constitutes a winter gardne, largely ventilated via the roof and facade. A horizontal sunshade unfurls inside the greenhouse.The greenhouse principle, with its automated climate-control devices, has enabled solutions to the bioclimate to be developped.Later on, we divide the volume into 14 dwellings**, set crosswise in duplex form, which profit from all the different qualities offered by the diversity of the spaces.

Grand Parc

Architects: LACATON & VASSAL

Location: Bordeaux, France

Year: 2016

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The project consists of the transformation of 3 inhabited social buildings, first phasis of a renovation program of the 'Cité du Grand Parc' in Bordeaux.

Built in the early 60's, this urban housing counts more than 4000 dwellings. The 3 buildings G, H and I, 10 to 15 floors high gather 530 dwellings and give a capacity of transforming into beautiful dwellings with redefined qualities and comfort.The addition of extended wintergardens and balconies give the opportunity, for each apartment, to enjoy more natural light, more fluidity of use and more views. 

From the inside, the view on Bordeaux is panoramic and unique, due to the city low topography. It is an extraordinary living situation.


When the high-rise buildings for high-class residences are defined as examples of a responsible housing for the future, the G, H and I buildings offer the opportunity to reach these qualities right away, in a generous, economic and sustainable manner.


The general economy of the project is based on the choice of conserving the existing building without making important interventions on the structure, the stairs or the floors. 

This approach on economy makes possible to focus the energy on generous extensions that are, according to us, the key to enhance in a lasting way the dwellings quality and dimension. These extensions widen the space of use and the evolution of the dwelling and give the opportunity, as in a house, to live outside, while being home.

The apartments open on to large wintergardens and balconies, and offer pleasant outdoor spaces, large enough to be fully used : 3,80m deep on the south facades of H and I building and the 2 façades of G building.

Ourcq Jaures Student & Social Housing

Architects: LACATON & VASSAL

Location: Paris, France

Year: 2013

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The building is located in the 19th district of Paris, between the Ourcq canal and the 'petite ceinture' railroads, today out of use. The neighborhood is in complete restructuring, with the construction of many dwellings buildings.

The building operation includes 98 students dwellings and 30 social dwellings  as well as a specialist care home and 3 shops. The project provides spacious dwellings and gives, as much as possible, the opportunity to the inhabitants to enjoy the 2 situations: on the garden and on the street.

All the social dwellings are running through or double-oriented. The living rooms and kitchens are on the garden side and open on to a 2,10m deep wintergarden, south or south-east orientated, from 9 to 28 sqm, extending in a 1m deep balcony. The bedrooms and main bathrooms, well glazed, are on the north façade, and open on to a continuous balcony.

The students dwellings, from 19 to 23 sqm, open on a balcony by a large window, on the street side. On the garden side, most of the rooms open on to a 3,70 sqm wintergarden extending in a balcony. Inside, the prefabricated bathrooms are optimized to offer more space to the living room.

On the garden side, the ground floor is used by the specialist care home program, hosting 6 permanent residents. The rooms and living spaces benefit the south-east orientation. They open on a garden, planted with simple flowering strain species. On the street side, the ground floor is occupied by the shops.

The wintergardens and balconies give each dwelling a privative outdoor space that offers the possibility to live outside in a collective context, while being home. Combined with thermic and shadow curtains, they insure a fonction in the winter and summer indoor climatic conditions (thermal comfort) and savings on energies, within a bioclimatic approach.

Essential to the life quality in an urban context, these privatives outdoor spaces make the appartment conditions closer to the facilities and pleasure you can have in an individual house.


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