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Of Sand and Stones book

Using excerpts from texts by Gaston Bachelard, Reyner Banham, Laurence Cossé, Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari, Marguerite Duras, Jean-Claude Gall, André Gide, André Guilerme, Jean-Yves Jouannais, Maylis de Kerangal, Pierre Reverdy, Marie Richeux, Robert Smithson, Vitruve, Émile With and Marguerite Yourcenar, photographies by Julien Hourcade and drawings by TVK and Tolila+Gilliland, Of Sand and Stones explores the imaginary of matter in the construction of a mixed-use block (cinema, cultural centre, community centre, theatre, dance hall, housing, shops and garden), built with naturally coloured concrete in the Clichy-Batignolles district of Paris between 2013 and 2018.


Of Sand and Stones


TVK, Tolila+Gilliland


TVK, Tolila+Gilliland


Julien Hourcade

Graphic design

Julien Hourcade

Editorial direction

Océane Ragoucy


Gwendal Curien, Armelle Le Mouëllic, Fanny Maurel, Juliette Schwartz, Tania Sediame et Charlotte Villiot


Rue du Bouquet



Books, Writings, Projects, Research

This journey into the construction of a building in Paris by the architects TVK and Tolila+Gilliland offers an alternate vision of architecture and time, spanning landscape and earth, drawing, geometry, craft and construction in a format that recounts the material and cultural stories entangled in the project, through drawing, photography and literature.