Modern Views: A Project to Benefit the Farnsworth House and the Glass House invited some of our era’s top creative minds to continue one of the twentieth century’s great cultural dialogues; the historic exchange reflected in the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Farnsworth House (1945 – 51) and the Philip Johnson Glass House (1949).
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FOUND OBJECT/OBJET TROUVE, Helsinki, 2003 (Reprinted, 2010) Gilles Saucier| | Archival pigmented ink on hahnmuhle photo rag, 46-3/4" x 35" | Courtesy of Architect Gilles Saucier
Upon encountering this found object in Helsinki, Gilles Saucier could not help but take a moment to pause and reflect. Originally a concrete stair for a beach building, the artifact is a remnant of human intervention along this coastline. In the Modern Era of architecture, the most enduring and iconic projects, such as the Glass House and the Farnsworth House, engaged their sites in new, yet meaningful ways. Rather than being isolated, detached objects, these landmark projects have restructured the way we see and live in the landscape, thus markedly shaping our understanding of outdoor space.
Gilles Saucier received his Bachelor in Architecture from the University of Laval in 1982. In 1988, Saucier + Perrotte was formed. Since then, the firm has gained international recognition for its institutional, cultural and residential projects. As design partner along with André Perrotte, Saucier is responsible for the overall design of each project. His commitment to design excellence is recognized by the architectural press worldwide.
Since 1990, Saucier has been visiting professor and invited critic at several Canadian and American Universities as well as lecturing extensively and as an invited guest speaker at architectural organizations and universities. He was one of three Canadian architects invited to join the recent Governor General Team to promote Canadian Culture through a series of state visits to Finland and Iceland.
Saucier + Perrotte Architectes
Recipients of two 2010 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada award announcement
Architype Review interview with Gilles Saucier
Semi-Finalist, Musee National Des Beaux Arts du Quebec International Competition
Finalist, Architectural Design Competition at Fallingwater
Designing Thompson Residences in Toronto
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