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European Prize for Architecture 2017, Manuelle Gautrand Architecture, Athen

European Prize for Architecture 2017 goes to Manuelle Gautrand

French architect Manuelle Gautrand has won the European Architecture Prize 2017. According to the sponsors, the prize is aimed at all architects who are committed in their critical, intellectual and artistic approaches to convey the fundamental values of European humanism by means of architecture.

This year also marks the first time that the prize, created in 2010, has gone to a female architect. Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, President of the Chicago Athenaeum Museum and initiator of the architecture prize, stresses Gautrand’s particular approach, for her innovative, provocative architecture makes it possible to “re-enchant the city”.

Manuelle Gautrant was born in Marseille in 1961; she received her degree in 1985. In 1991 she established her own architecture studio. Her projects include theatre buildings and cultural institutions, apartment houses and office complexes. She did not win international recognition until 2007, when she built the Citroën Flagship Showroom C42, which is located on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. In 2011, Gautrand transformed the Gaîté Lyrique Theatre into a centre for modern music and digital art. For the new façade of the Gaumont Alésia cinema in Paris, she used LED panels that transport the actual use of the building from the inside to the exterior.

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