August - September 2019

Holidays | Grand Palais | Saint Urbain | Urban | Make A | Meet the team | Popincourt | The list | Lisboa | Charleroi | LAN is hiring | Polaris, Nantes

Happy Summer Cover


Happy Summer

LAN's entire team wishes you a great summer.

Grand Palais Couv

Grand Palais

New Galleries

After 3 years of studies, the end of the design development phase of the Grand Palais project is approaching. Take a look at the exhibition gallery model expressing both volumetric and technical issues.

St Urbain 1 Cover

Saint Urbain

News from the construction site

The rough-in phase of the Saint Urbain project, located in Strasbourg, was completed between April and May 2019. The stain of the last building is currently underway and the first buildings will be delivered in December 2019.

Urban | AA Files 76

AA Files 76 | Urban – Publication Maria Shéhérazade Giudici, the new editor in chief of the Architectural Association’s journal of record, invited Umberto Napolitano and Cyrille Weiner to offer their definition of the word “urban”. Here’s an excerpt:

In recent decades, however, we have witnessed the transformation of the adjective ‘urban’ into a noun: ‘the urban’. Such a shift is perhaps the best demonstration of the key role this word plays in a society that has, by all means, become almost entirely urbanised. Since 2014 more than half of the world population – that is to say, approximately 3.9 billion people – lives in conditions that can be defined as urban. The 2018 report of the World Urbanization Prospects1 of the UN predicted that by 2050 two out of three people will live in an urbanised area. This means that in the next thirty years ‘the urban’ will swell to host 2.5 billion people more than it does today.

Make A 5 Cover

Make A

Le Maillon Theatre

The first prototypes of the furniture of the Maillon were presented inside the theatre in July. As a true manifesto aiming to democratize furniture production without going through the traditional distribution process, MAKE A gives the Maillon theatre direct access to the construction plans for a series of easily-made pieces of furniture.


Meet the team

New faces

Meet our new collaborators: Nelly, Romain, Daniele, Isabella and Marina.

Summer Party Cover


Summer Party

On the 10th of July, friends and collaborators were invited to celebrate summer with a cocktail dinner party on LAN’s rooftop. A rich night, full of music provided Benjamin Moreau and live performances by Buvette and Etienne Jaumet.

Liste Livres Umberto

The list

30 Books for the summer

Here’s our list of 30 thought-provoking books on architecture to read this summer.

Lisboa Panorama Superga



Umberto Napolitano was invited on the 12th of July to give a lecture “on the monumental” for Archi Summit 19. The lecture was built as a conversation with curator and critic Julia Albani.

Charleroi Maquette


New project

LAN and BLOW Architects won the competition for the construction of 180 housing units and the offices of La Sambrienne in the cinquième élément neighborhood in Charleroi. The study phase starts in September 2019.

Lan Is  Hiring

LAN is hiring

Research and editorial projects

We are looking for Intern architects to work on our research and editorial projects for 6 months, starting in September.

Nantes Cover

Polaris, Nantes


The inhabitants of the 360 view° tower are personalizing their spaces. The loggias, imagined as a real extension of the living space, take on new functions and new colors.