As part of the exhibition Michel Polak, technology and craftsmanship, an architecture of wonder, the curators Stéphanie De Blieck and Manon Magotteaux are organising a study day that combines architecture, history and urbanism at the Boghossian Foundation. Specialists Benoît Schoonbroodt, Thierry Henrard, Cécile Dubois, and Thomas Greck will dive into the technicality and elegance of Michel Polak’s architecture.
Michel Polak’s achievements in Montreux at 10.30 am
The author Benoît Schoonbroodt reviews the most important architectural creations of the architect Michel Polak during his Montreux period, including the Villa Nestlé, the Château Riant residence, the Sutter-Séchaud building and the protestant church of Glion. He also discusses the influence of the Villa Karma on his work, and in particular on the Villa Empain.
A brief history of the Residence Palace and the challenges of restoring its architecture at 11.15 am
The architect Thierry Henrard revisits the history of the monumental architectural project of the Residence Palace that was completed in 1927. The occupation, then the takeover by the Belgian state in 1947, led to transformations and partial demolitions which gradually altered its identity. With the progressive development of the European quarter at the end of the 20th century, there was even talk of total demolition. However, several European political treaties will have a significant impact on the future of the buildings and their restoration.
Polak and Empain: the Home of Sainte-Ode and the Castle of Celly at 2 pm
The guide-lecturer Cécile Dubois, and the architect Thomas Greck will close this study day and enlighten us on the history of the Institute “Air et Soleil” in Sainte-Ode and the only known incursion of the architect Michel Polak in the neo-medieval register with the Castle of Celly.