Day 244/365 of Steel – Claude Vasconi

Born in 1940 in Rosheim (Alsace), Claude Vasconi graduated from the École Nationale supérieure des Arts de Strasbourg in 1964. In Stuttgart, he became the assistant of Rolf Gutbrod and Frei Otto, specialists in complex structures.

Dexia-Bank, Luxemburg
Fig 1: Dexia-Bank, Luxemburg

As an architect and town planner for the new town of Cergy-Pontoise, he designed major facilities there from 1969 to 1972, including the Trois-Fontaines shopping centre, before setting up his own architectural practice in Paris in 1973.

Renault factory in Boulogne-Billancourt
Fig 2: Renault factory in Boulogne-Billancourt
Photo:  © Laure Vasconi

Recognised in France as a ‘radical architect ‘, he designed the Atelier 57 Métal for the urban planning project for the Régie Renault centre in Boulogne-Billancourt (1984), the Bas-Rhin departmental hotel in Strasbourg (1989), the Corum in Montpellier (1990) and the ‘La Filature’ , a cultural centre in Mulhouse (1993). He also designed the Chamber of Commerce (2003) and the Dexia Bank (2006) in Luxembourg.

He also made the first sketches for the Angelina Beam, a more esthetical type of cellular beam, developed by ArcelorMittal. I will come back on the use of cellular beams in another post.

About the Author:

Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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