The visionary architecture of Daniel Grataloup

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The architect, sculptor, urban planner and designer Daniel Grataloup exemplifies experimental architecture in all its forms.

Born in Lyon in 1937, he studied fine arts and decorative arts in France before becoming an architect and moving to Geneva in 1968. In the following years, he created the Saint-Jean Temple in La Chaux-de-Fond and several homes in France and Switzerland. His groundbreaking methods and work challenge the architecture of the period.

His new architectural expression consists of curved shapes and innovative materiality. Daniel Grataloup’s works are based on breakthrough techniques to better reflect the flow, movements and needs of its inhabitants. Living sculptures, of which each form reveals a function, defy the limits of space and spirit.

Throughout his career, the Franco-Swiss architect ceaselessly innovates using all mediaforms: sculptures, models, building materials, interior spaces, plans and drawings. Author, professor, and was received at the Sorbonne, Doctor of the University of Paris. He is also an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters.

His important achievements and urban planning research in Algeria, France and Switzerland testify to his commitment to architectural research.

In 2012, the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) acquired a large number of his drawings, plans and models. In 2016, Daniel Grataloup’s complete works became part of the State of Geneva’s cultural heritage.

In 2017, in partnership with the State of Geneva, he created the Prix de Genève for architectural experimentation. The aim is to support innovative achievements and concepts in the fields of architecture, construction, urban planning and landscape design.

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