Lever de rideau

Lever de rideau

A theatre in Cachan

A playful, unconventional building monograph documenting the design and construction of the new Jacques Carat Theater in Cachan near Paris by Ateliers O-S architects, with photographs by Cyrille Weiner and graphic short story by Lucas Harari and Alexis Jamet



Title Information

Edited by Rafaël Magrou with Ateliers O-S Architectes

1st edition

, 2019

Text English and French


200 pages, 149 color and 18 b/w illustrations, 8-page color graphic short story

23 x 30 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-147-0


In Cachan, a suburb south of Paris, Ateliers O-S Architectes was commissioned with transforming a local theater building, originally built in the early twentieth century, into a thriving cultural center. The commission went well beyond merely rebuilding and modernizing an existing structure. Rather, the firm was tasked with creating an entirely new neighborhood. Everything but auditorium and stage of the old building was demolished and replaced with a more spacious, new complex with an additional hall, a new foyer and exhibition space, a restaurant, and new rooms for building and stage equipment. The neighboring tennis court became a public park.

Lever de Rideau: A theatre in Cachan presents the creation of Cachan’s new Jacques Carat Theater. Designed to mimic a theater program, the book brings together short essays and interviews; portraits of key protagonists; a graphic short story; and ample illustrations, including plans and photographs by celebrated French photographer Cyrille Weiner that show the building embedded in Cachan’s urban fabric. Offering captivating behind-the-scenes insights, this unconventional book will be will be welcomed by readers interested in modern architecture and urban planning.

With texts by Arnaud Anckaert, Emma Blanc, Pierre Cayla, Pierre Jaubert de Beaujeu, Jean-Paul Lamoureux, and Jacques Lucan. Photographs by Cyrille Weiner; graphic short story by Lucas Harari and Alexis Jamet.

Authors & Editors

Arnaud Anckaert

Ateliers O-S architectes

Emma Blanc

Pierre Cayla

Pierre Jaubert de Beaujeu

Jean-Paul Lamoureux

Jacques Lucan

Rafaël Magrou