An architect of international stature, Paul Andreu is best known in France and around the world for his many airport projects (Aéroport Charles de Gaulle, 1967-2003) as well as for several other very important works (Arche de La Défense, Paris, 1984-89, with Otto Spreckelsen), in particular in China (Beijing Opera House, 1999-2007; Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, 2000-2003). For this trained architect and engineer, architecture only achieves the status of art by meeting and exceeding its traditional constraints. Use, functionality, technique and construction are sublimated in his works, thanks to the fundamental role he gives to the idea of passage and light. Architecture is designed as a subtle scenario tracing both the physical and mental pathways of the “stroller”. Andreu strives to organize the individual and intimate metamorphoses the user undergoes thanks to the simplicity of his concepts and their effective spatial translation, combined with a very high technical level and the modulation of sc/ which is contributed to by the brutalism of materials, the purity of colors, and the cohesion of the whole.ales. Light molds his spaces and becomes the vector of a material and symbolic clarity in which the brutalism of materials, the purity of colors and the cohesion of the whole work together
Student of the Ecole Polytechnique (1958), graduate engineer of the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (1963) and architect (1968), Paul Andreu (1938) worked for Aéroports de Paris from 1963 to 2003 as Chief Architect and then as Director of Architecture and Engineering. He founded his own firm, Paul Andreu Architects, in Paris in 2004. He has written several works on architecture (J’ai fait beaucoup d’aérogares (I designed a lot of airport terminals), 1998…) and novels (La Maison (The House), 2009, short-listed for the Goncourt Prize for an author’s first novel). Member of the French Academy of Fine Arts since 1996, Paul Andreu has received many awards, such as the French National Grand Prize for Architecture (1977) and the Grand Prix du Globe de Cristal (2006) awarded by the French press amongst others.