Claude Parent et Paul Virilio
Nevers Architecture Principe
An exemplary synthesis of the research pursued by Claude Parent and Paul Virilio in the Architecture Principe group, with the “oblique function”, Saint-Bernadette of Banlay (1966) experiments with a new rapport between man an his environment. Served by a series of texts and hitherto unpublished images, this book traces the history and impact of a 20th century masterpiece, which looms as a milestone in criticism of modernity…
A provocative building, bold expression of the reappropriation of the form of the Atlantic Wall bunkers and a fracturing of the modern plan, breaking with the architectural doxa of the 1960s, the church in Nevers stands out as one of the first post-war critical architectural works. Sainte-Bernadette du Banlay through his historical position, between modern legacy and proclaimed radicalism, as well as through his critical position, which, through the oblique function, anticipated digital exploration of so-called “computational” architecture.