” Never Demolish” is a temporary intervention by Ilka and Andreas Ruby. It explores the ” Transformation Of 530 Dwellings in Grand Parc Bordeaux” project of Pritzker laureates Frederic Druot Architecture, Lacaton & Vassal architects and Christophe Hutin Architecture. The pavilion will be open until December 16th and transformed into a home for visitors who can “deepen debates on housing and the rehabilitation models of large-scale blocks from the 60s and 1970s”.
530 Dwellings at the Grand Parc Bordeaux were awarded the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture-Mies van Rohe Award in 2019. The pavilion intervention opens up a discussion on the topic of housing. It demonstrates how the award-winning project generates innovative ideas for the rehabilitation and socialization of housing blocks. This will also impact residents, architects, developers, heritage conservators, politicians, and others.
This project examines large-scale housing built in the 60s and 1970s as a way to address the growing housing demand. They were demolished five decades later. The Pavilion’s intervention program includes the intervention “Never Demolish”, which explains why these buildings should have a second chance and can be regenerated to improve the quality of life for their inhabitants.
The four curators and architects shared their experiences with the transformation of the Pavilion. They also discussed how they transformed the space into a home, populated by everyday objects like curtains, TVs, plants, curtains and televisions. This intervention will be accompanied by a talk at COAC about housing transformation projects.