Victor Vasarely conceived the architectural center as a place for research and meetings between professionals and the public, an interdisciplinary laboratory bringing together the plastic arts, architecture and industry, to create an urban environment by inscribing art in the city. The artist imagines a futuristic, emblematic and modern building, adorned with the materials of the contemporary world: concrete, glass, aluminum.
To finalize this project, he surrounded himself with a team of architects and craftsmen. The first stone was laid in 1973. The Centre Architectonique was inaugurated three years later, on February 14, 1976. The lumino-kinetic building is composed of 16 hexagonal volumes, 7 of which are dedicated to monumental works, described by Victor Vasarely as “architectural integrations”. Measuring 8m high and 5m wide, most of them were created directly on the load-bearing walls of the building by the craftsmen according to the “prototype-start” that the master conceived.