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The History Factory - National Archives of France

Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas

The career of any great architect is a series of trials, breakthroughs, reverses and revisions, followed in the best of cases by the opening up of new research and expressive avenues. Without doubt, Massimiliano Fuksas is a prime example of the latter. He has tackled all the most recent styles of pop architecture - shopping centres, skyscrapers, tradeshow districts, convention centres, concert halls and airports - without ever adopting the conventional language that has given rise to so many worn out stereotypes. Each typology he has put his mind to is infused with an inventive, avant-garde approach. This has naturally placed him in the uncomfortable position of having to ensure that each new brief bears the masterstroke of genius.

Recent conversations with him often came round to the subject of the new French National Archives then on the way to completion. Fuksas was...

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