Dominique Perrault Architecture


27 | 10 | 2020

Architects for Beirut

Charity sale / Design Miami

Almost 3 months after the devastating explosion in the port of Beirut, the architects are mobilising.

Beyond the excessive loss of life, the explosion of the port of Beirut has devastated many districts of the Lebanese capital. The damage is innumerable and the obstacles to reconstruction numerous, in a country already affected by an unprecedented economic crisis. In partnership with Design Miami, the Architects for Beirut sale offers the public art and architectural drawings by international architects, on sale for five weeks. It will raise funds to support efforts on the ground to rehabilitate the city's most affected neighbourhoods, buildings and public spaces. The funds raised will be donated to the Beirut Urban Lab of the American University of Beirut.

Dominique Perrault has chosen as his donation the unfolded plan of the wood panelling decorating the walls of the auditorium of the Dufour Pavilion of the Château de Versailles, a jewel of French historical and architectural heritage, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This drawing is the result of the complete renovation project, delivered in 2016. On the top level of the Dufour Pavilion, the auditorium fits like a ship's hull into a concrete structure, already renovated in the 20th century. Its woodwork is made up of 1.5-metre-long oak slats, some of which are randomly removed, revealing a black fabric that contributes to soundproofing. As a tribute to the decorative arts, creativity and the architect's duty to repair and preserve the cultural heritage of humanity, this design, printed on a 100cm x 70cm format, is numbered and signed by Dominique Perrault.   

Discover architectural drawings and works of art donated by architects from all over the world: Architects for Beirut