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POSTPONED Building in stone: Gilles Perraudin in conversation with Amin Taha

Tue 31 Mar 2020, 6.30–8.30pm

Due to escalation of public health measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 we have decided to postpone this event. We will update the event date shortly.

Gilles Perraudin, founder of French practice ‘Atelier d'Architecture Perraudin’, is a leading figure in sustainable and ecological architecture.

As a student Perraudin’s interest lay in vernacular architecture and the interrelations of humans, climate and habitat. Perraudin set-up his own practice in 1980 and in the same year won first prize in the European passive solar energy competition and international recognition for their bioclimatic house project. Since then the practice has continued to bring attention to the embodied carbon of projects, the CO2 emissions over the entire production process of a building and the materials used.

However it was in 1998 and their construction of the Wine Cellar of Vauvert that the practice rediscovered structural stone. The practice’s subsequent projects increasingly started to use stone as a primary construction material, building Perraudin’s understanding of the environmental virtues of this natural and ever-present material. From his extensive experience Perraudin wrote ‘Constructing in Massive Stone Today’ a seminal book outlining the techniques and guidelines for structural stone construction.

The practice has also become renowned for their work on number of social housing projects across France and Switzerland and their application of stone to create cost-effective, environmentally-conscious and lasting contemporary housing. 

For this evening lecture we are delighted to present Gilles Perraudin in conversation with Amin Taha, founder of Groupwork Architects and co-curator of The New Stone Age exhibition, on the art and science of working with stone.

We would like to thank Polycor for supporting the event.




The work Perraudin Architects is featured in The New Stone Age, an exhibition and associated public programme curated by Amin Taha and Alex Cotterill of Groupwork Architects, Pierre Bidaud of The Stonemasonry Company Ltd and Steve Webb of Webb Yates Engineers, with the Building Centre. Supported by the Built Environment Trust.

We would like to thank our headline sponsors Polycor and The Stonemasonry Company Ltd.


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