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Philippe Ruault

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Latapie House

Floirac, 1993
Anne Lacaton & Jean-Philippe Vassal architectes

Located in Floirac near Bordeaux, the Maison Latapie is the manifesto of French architects Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, whose work was awarded the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 2021.

Built in 1993 for Mr and Mrs Latapie and their two children, this family home has enjoyed an exceptional run and has been the subject of numerous publications and exhibitions around the world, including one at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1999. A contemporary icon, it continues to fascinate and inspire architects in their search for flexible, economical and environmentally-friendly housing.

Philippe Ruault

Born in 1949, Philippe Ruault is an architectural photographer based in Paris, active in France and abroad. He taught himself photography through his travels, and sees photography as an “extension of the architect’s work”. He has met many of the stars of contemporary architecture, including Jean Nouvel, Rem Koolhas, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, and has built his career on these collaborations. He has contributed to several monographs on Le Corbusier, Adolf Loos and Alvar Aalto for a Japanese publisher.