Les Tours de Babel


The town of Azay-le-Rideau is hosting a busy program of events and exhibitions around the Frac Centre-Val de Loire collection for the second edition of the Biennale.

Summer and autumn in the village will see a temporary exhibition on the theme of solitude, a permanent exhibition housed in a school, a workshop with students from the École d’Architecture de la Ville & des Territoires Paris-Est, and conferences and temporary loans. On display in the Salle des Halles (old market hall), the temporary exhibition brings together a series of architectural plans for towers dating from between 1950 and the present moment. Developing into a forceful architectural motif in the late-nineteenth century United States, the tower recreates the myth of Babel, of Icarus attempting to reach the sun. Each strives to create a world that is more elevated, more original and ultimately more ideal than the last, this competition resulting only in a landscape of discrete solitudes. While towers remain a symbol of modernity and power, many contemporary architects have seized upon this type of architecture to critically engage with new building techniques and new forms of dwelling.

Pratical informations

Salle des Halles
Place du 11 novembre 1918