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    Dominique Perrault and the Center for National Monuments have unveiled a glass-and-steel re-imagining of the Île de la Cité.

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    Two architects who worked with I.M. Pei on the AIA's 2017 Twenty-Five Year Award-winning project recall the emergence of an icon.

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    City hall has put its long abandoned metro stations into an international competition to be developed with new functions.

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  • 07/06/17--07:58: 1 Hotel Paris
  • Kengo Kuma & Associates

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    The two cities have until September to decide which one goes first.

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  • 07/10/17--16:06: Haussmann Stories
  • Chartier-Corbasson Architectes

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  • 10/03/17--08:16: La Forêt Urbaine

    This renovation and transformation of a Parisian top-floor apartment is surrounded by the magnificent Bois de Boulogne and the Jardin du Ranelagh, with 360-degree views of the city’s historic monuments, from the Tour Eiffel to La Défense, Les Invalides, and Longchamp. Originally split between two floors and fragmented by countless rooms, bathrooms, walk-in closets, kitchens and service rooms, the apartment, abandoned for over thirty years, is now undergoing a total makeover to become a light-flooded penthouse surrounded by vegetation and reinterpreted as an ‘eye on the city’.

    The driving ideas for the renovation were to bring in the surrounding parks through pockets of vegetation within and around the living spaces, to create a sequence of free-flowing spaces, to offer uninterrupted views across Paris and the sky, and to wash the interior with bright and dappled light.

    Initially, the apartment had to undergo an in-depth gutting. Subsequently, an important structural phase consolidated the existing structure and created a new structural frame for the new architectural project.

    Both interiors and exteriors were specifically designed in every detail, from door handles, bathroom sinks, and specific lights to built-in furniture and newly conceived stairs and double-height spaces. The bedrooms and the kitchen will be fully equipped with the latest comforts, design innovations and amenities. The principal interior public space is designed to evoke a clearing in a forest, the traditional gathering place in nature that offers both light and tranquility. Following this concept, a large landscaped patio open to the sky was designed as part of the dining room, lounge and fireplace. Ringed with glass walls that, once raised up, transform the adjacent spaces into one entire living room area around this central ‘natural element’, the patio redefines the living spaces as an urban forest high above the dense city street-scape.

    The roof level, which offers truly magnificent views, is the real crown of the Forêt Urbaine concept. Conceived with a specific landscape design and different areas of interaction, from a dining area to a lounge space, an open air cinema, an enchanted garden and a fire place, the roof level also includes a light structural-glass veranda and an entertainment and gym space, all of which are enhanced by rich vegetation evoking a contemporary ‘hanging gardens’.

    Also on the roof level, connected and supported by the sculptural chimneys, is a pergola, which is the topmost roof over the entire project. Its design is a result both of its structural role to specifically lift the patio’s glass walls and of careful sun studies that determined its form and the integration of a deployable brise-soleil within its design. The result is a sophisticated pergola that creates a controlled environment and specific shaded zones.

    The landscape design, which is the underlying factor in the project, establishes the dialogue between nature and architecture, interior and exterior, and man and his environment. The result is a graceful invasion of the living spaces with colors, scents and visual scenarios, and an enchanted contemplative roof garden that has the potential to become will act as a biodiversity link between the cities’ surrounding parks. The plantings, the pergola, the photovoltaic panels, in-floor heating and cooling and the use of natural ventilation make the renovation a very sustainable and low-carbon footprint project.

    The overall balance of geometry and proportion and the use of unfinished yet refined materials create a delicate contrast between rough and polished. From concrete finishes to wood inlays, from stone to vegetation, the new penthouse not only establishes a unique dialogue between light and shadow, grace and solidity but also transforms a once awkward apartment into an open, elegant, and serene living space.

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  • 10/31/17--07:57: Forêt Blanche
  • FROM THE ARCHITECTS: The first French Vertical Forest will be created in the town of Villiers sur Marne, in the eastern quadrant of the Parisian metropolitan area. Forêt Blanche, that is the name of the project by Stefano Boeri Architetti promoted by Compagnie de Phalsbourg, will be a 54-meter high tower with entirely wooden structures. The other architectural structures of the Balcon sur Paris project are the works of Kengo Kuma & Associates (Sora, Le Palais des Congrès), Oxo Architectes (Le Potager De Villiers, Business Home), KOZ Architectes (2 buildings, Archipel), Michael Green Architecture (Peuplier Blanc, Prairie Blanche) and X-Tu (La Ressourcerie, Green Jenga). The facades of Forêt Blanche, designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti, will be covered by 2000 trees, shrubs and plants, with a green surface equivalent to a hectare of forest, 10 times the surface area of the lot on which the building sits. Forêt Blanche will host residential apartments on the high floors, offices and commercial services in the lower part, with a mix of terraces and balconies on the four sides of the tower. The east and west facing side will allow the passage of sunlight all day, giving natural illumination and ventilation to the apartments and an exceptional panorama on the landscape of central Paris. Forêt Blanche is one of the 12 architectural structures presented by Compagnie de Phalsbourg on the Marne Europe - Villiers sur Marne site, called Balcon sur Paris. Balcon sur Paris is inserted within the wider framework of “Inventons la Métropole du Grand Paris”, one of the biggest competitions for urban development promoted in the Parisian metropolitan area, that has seen the involvement of 51 sites in total and great names in international architecture. In addition to Forêt Blanche, Stefano Boeri Architetti has also presented the La Cour Verte project for Balcon sur Paris, a building with courtyard, whose roof touches the ground and, at the center, a hanging garden with a 600 m2 mantle planted with grasses, that is inserted into the innovative and sustainable context of the project, favoring the development of biodiversity. The master plan of public green spaces was designed by the American studio James Corner Field Operations, which curated, amongst others, the New York High Line project of Diller+Scofidio, and by Atelier Paul Arène. With Forêt Blanche, which is added to the Vertical Forest family currently in creation in China, Europe, South America and the United States, Stefano Boeri Architetti also extends its research into France, towards a new generation of architectural structures that encompass the vegetal component as an essential element, going beyond the concept of green as just a simple decoration. Architectural structures that take up the challenge of fighting climate change and increasing biodiversity in urban contexts.

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  • 11/30/17--08:38: Paris Courthouse

    When the competition was first launched, the French government suggested dividing the law courts into two separate buildings, the first would accommodate public functions, such as courtrooms, and the second, offices. The key idea behind Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s project was to house all of these spaces in one single large building, capable, by its size and importance, of becoming the starting point for the rehabilitation and redevelopment of the area around the Porte de Clichy.

    The building rises out of an L-shaped site, between the city ring road and Martin Luther King park. An extension of the principal axis through the adjacent park (on the diagonal) separates the main facade of the new building from the triangular piazza in front of it.

    The new law courts will stand 160 m high, have an internal area of around 100,000 sq m and will accommodate up to 8,000 people per day. The building has a plinth five to eight storeys high, which follows the shape of the site, on top of which stands a tower of three superimposed parallelepipeds, whose section diminishes as the tower gets higher, creating a distinctive stepping profile that will distinguish the law courts from more conventional towers. The building’s facades are fully glazed. On the three blocks of the tower, fine blades extend the glazing beyond the facade, exalting its verticality.
    The office facades on the eastern and western sides give views towards Montmartre and the Eiffel Tower; the north and south facades, which are narrower, look towards central Paris or towards Clichy and Mont-Valérien.

    The building is entered at ground floor level, from the piazza, into the monumental public lobby, where the flux of visitors and employees are greeted and directed. This rectangular space is the full height of the plinth, up to 28 m, and is notable for its slender steel columns and the amount of natural light that enters via skylights and through the glazed facade that looks onto the piazza. Via this monumental room and the two small atria on either side of it, natural light can penetrate to the heart of the building. The plinth also contains the 90 courtrooms. Fitted out with parquet and beech-wood panelling, they all benefit from daylight that filters through the facades. Behind the courtrooms, the council chamber and the deliberation rooms, also fitted out in wood, are visible from outside through the glazed facade.

    The eighth floor has a 7,000 sq m planted terrace; the staff restaurant opens onto this large garden. The tower’s outline breaks in two places, on the 19th and 29th floors, where ‘hanging gardens’ have been made. These green details extend Martin Luther King park right onto the building and are part of the design of a really ‘green’ skyscraper.

    An external lift with panoramic views climbs a fissure on the eastern facade that captures the morning light. On either side are meeting rooms and break-out spaces. This fissure, the building’s ‘spinal column’ transforms the facade into a three-dimensional element, articulating its positive and negative spaces and giving a depth to the volumes of the building. Photovoltaic panels lined up on many of the floors on the east- and west-facing facades demonstrate the wish to move towards using alternative energy in public buildings.

    The building’s primary structure, robust and orthogonal, ensures a flexibility over the long term that will be able to accommodate future requirements and any changes in the way the justice system operates.

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  • 02/26/18--08:26: Maison de l'Île-de-France

    First home built at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris for 48 years, it is also the first concrete realization of the major campus development project. While continuing its humanist project, the Cité internationale is increasing its capacity by creating 10 new homes (1,800 new homes) and is adapting to the expectations of international students in the 21st century by modernizing its infrastructures and services by 2025 .

    Pioneering building in terms of energy strategy, the Île-de-France House is the first 100% solar-powered positive energy collective housing building with an inter-seasonal thermal storage system of this size realized in France: two thermal tanks of 78m3 each. The Maison de l'Île-de-France is the result of a common desire to invest in an ecological technological future in favor of renewable energies and energy autonomy. In accordance with the regional orientations and the Climate Plan of the City of Paris, it aims at environmental exemplarity through innovative technical devices.

    Maison de l'Ile-de-France is a student residence with 142 comfortable and bright rooms, with a large window opening onto the green landscape of the Cité Internationale. Located between the House of Cambodia and the House of Lebanon, on a plot along the ring road, visible from the perspective of the A6 from the church of Gentilly, this residence of 5,200 m² stands out for its exceptional ecological qualities.

    ANMA and DEERNS designed the building in a collaborative and integrated way in order to adopt a performantial approach and to meet the ambitions of the Project Management on the environmental level.

    The project was designed to reinforce the existing axial composition. The building is located along the North-South axis. It possesses on the park side a fine and discreet volumetry so as to create a symmetry with the East wing of the house of Cambodia. The North facade of the project reproduces the same alignment and the same width as the gable of the existing building. The West façade also mirrors the main axis of the park.

    To the south, the building widens so that it can capture as much solar energy as possible and create an acoustic screen vis-à-vis the Boulevard Périphérique. This enlargement of the building does not take place uniformly. The West facade receives a fold which signals the entrance and maintains a maximum withdrawal vis-à-vis the house of Lebanon.

    The south facade has an overhang that allows accessibility to an existing sanitation facility to be maintained. The upper part tilts so as to offer optimal exposure to solar gain. The volumetry is determined so as to combine respect of the site and environmental constraints. The project is indeed exemplary ecologically envisioning including a positive energy building. This anticipates the future French regulation for 2020 and thus increases the climate and regulatory resilience of the operation.

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  • 07/07/15--12:36: Miu Miu Club
  • The event was held July 6, 2015.

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  • 07/10/18--13:13: Rue Camille Claudel

    Diversity in unity

    In the history of architecture it is rare to find examples of roads built entirely by the same architect.During the buzz of Ré-inventer Paris, Inventons la Métropole and other international architecture competitions, the Camille Claudel project primarily poses the question of scale. The trauma of the Grands Ensembles has prevented a unitary approach in architecture today. We often see urban projects divided into ‘slices’ of 50 to 60 houses under the guise of “architectural diversity.” This approach is often detrimental due as it is associated with a lack of consideration for the town and city planning. Hamonic+Masson & Associés won the Camille Claudel project in 2013 having proposed a global and unitary strategy, which incorporated architectural diversity with evident character. Here diversity is a question of form and typology, and not simply style.

    A demonstration.

    The project is organised around seven buildings on two separate plots linked by a public road. The site has its constraints, including the local flood prevention plan, building area restrictions, required transparencies and the local urban plan. However it also has its advantages such as unobstructed views of the Seine, the nearby park, the surrounding new and developing neighbourhood and the site’s proximity to the riverbank. Each building has its own character but remains linked to its neighbouring structures. The morphology of the buildings develops in a way that provides each apartment with multiple views of the Seine and maximum sunlight exposure. The buildings interact with one another in a way that creates collective spaces overlooking the new road.

    The buildings are raised off the ground in order to allow the eye to wander between the structures and let the natural light penetrate the site. These open ground floors are connected to each other via the road. The physical and visual network of entrances becomes a unifying social link. The sequences of housing entrance points are designed as interior prolongations of the road’s exterior space. The hallways become transparent spaces with dual aspect views. The voids between buildings and the road are landscaped in order to create a large, planted, communal garden. Plants are chosen depending on location and exposure. The extension of public space is at the heart of the system, and is a concept that will create a strong link between shared spaces, the road and the project.

    One of the big questions in collective housing is that of repetition. How can we avoid this feeling in a programme of 330 apartments? (60% privately owned, and 40% social.) The apartments are stratified but must offer quality and uniqueness. We have responded to the search for identity within the collective and provided differentiation by proposing multiple, varied exterior spaces.

    Furthermore, we have designed numerous typologies with the majority of apartments benefiting from a southwesterly orientation and views of the Seine. The buildings directly facing the river have been designed to give a strong signal of Metropolitan scale.

    Each building develops a linear balcony running along the length of the apartment providing each home with a vast exterior space. These spaces are finished differently depending on their location:
    Conservatories facing the Seine, providing a view but protection from the noise of the busy road.
    Full-height metal work preventing overlooking from the road or public spaces
    Balustrade railings

    The buildings are sculpted in a way that favours maximum sunlight exposure and provides views overlooking this incredible site. They are clad in metallic lace with varied motifs, which give an identity to this new neighbourhood.

    This detail on the facades was the opportunity to give the project an identity. In the Metropolitan skyline the lacelike panels vary according to the time of day, the weather and the seasons. The different elements will resonate, as certain locations will absorb light while others reflect it. This is an essential element of the project. Architecture is condemned to be static but different staging and cinematic measures can render the buildings dynamic, lively, provocative and can also evoke multiple sensations.

    Subtly playing with framework and motifs within the unity of light and luminous tints, the project gives a refined image. However it is simply the assembling of simple materials which, when superposed and enhanced with graphics and precision, engender a poetic quality. The buildings’ facades glisten and play with light and orientation. This new neighbourhood shines day and night, providing the city with a new, lively and dynamic landmark.

    An atmosphere.

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    Herzog & de Meuron’s Tour Triangle Approved in Paris

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    Restoring Eileen Gray's E-1027

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    FROM THE ARCHITECTS (October 2015):

    An interactive and innovative building
    The building's 10,000 m² - for a budget of €32.5 M - will be home to a staff of 150 and accommodate 2000 students within its varied facilities. As well as several lecture theatres and numerous classrooms, spaces dedicated to innovative teaching techniques will be opened up.

    Distance-learning and video-conference rooms, as well as collaborative work spaces like study cubicles and project rooms, will optimise the environment for teaching that focuses on interactivity and digital tools. The building will also include a cafeteria and relaxation areas to encourage academic serendipity, which is further promoted by the close proximity of the École Polytechnique's research laboratories.

    Project background
    Ahead of prestigious architectural practices Atelier 2/3/4, Babin + Renaud and Chartier Dalix Architectes, on 16 March 2015 Sou Fujimoto Architects, Manal Rachdi Oxo architects and Nicolas Laisné Associés were declared winners of the competition to design a shared teaching building at Paris-Saclay, commissioned by the École Polytechnique. The aim is construct a unique building that will accommodate joint teaching programmes shared by higher education and research institutions the École Polytechnique, the Institut Mines-Télécom, AgroParisTech, ENSTA ParisTech, ENSAE ParisTech and the Institut d’Optique Graduate School (IOGS).

    Flexibility and open spaces
    Taking full advantage of its unusual outline, the building brings nature from the neighbouring strip of parkland

    An expansive atrium shelters light planting and a play of walkways and staircases that are also informal spaces
    where teachers, students and visitors can meet and work.

    Its wide, transparent façade will open eastwards onto the "Green", an extensive public space with lawns and

    The building reads as an open space, concealing the activity taking place at its heart, and stakes its claim as an architectural and academic symbol of the future neighbourhood.

    Atrium and walkways
    It's as if the wide roof seeks to welcome teachers, students and visitors, while the entrances and staircases are arranged to invite all comers inside. It reads as a landmark and focus that is bright with life.

    An expansive atrium shelters light planting and a play of walkways and staircases that are also informal spaces where everyone can meet and work. These platforms, "spontaneous lecture theatres" and classrooms are brought together under a single roof to provide proximity and intimacy, with a direct connection to nature. Encounters will no longer take place in corridors but in living spaces, in a setting bathed in gentle light with views and perspectives that change and surprise.

    Very particular attention has been paid to lighting and acoustics, making the space especially peaceful, comfortable and sheltered, suitable for large gatherings as well as small group meetings.

    FROM THE ARCHITECTS (April 2015):

    As a symbol of the union of the six schools, all of them belonging to the Paris-Saclay University, the learning center becomes a point of convergence, thought of as an extension of the qualities of the adjacent landscaping project.

    The building, with an area of approximately 10 000 m² and a budget of € 32.5M, will host 150 staff and welcome 2,000 students within its premises of various typologies. In addition to several lecture halls and numerous classrooms; spaces dedicated to innovative pedagogy will be created. “Distance-learning rooms”, videoconferencing and collaborative working spaces such as “boxes-work” or “project rooms” will optimize the environment for an educational system focused on interactivity and digital tools. The building will also provide a cafeteria and relaxation areas favoring serendipity, itself encouraged by the close proximity of the research laboratories of the Ecole Polytechnique.


    Opening up to the linear park in front, the Learning Center is invaded by nature. Inside, a wide atrium is inhabited by the light vegetation and a series of walkways and staircases creating numerous informal spaces for teachers, students and visitors allowing new places to meet or work. These platforms, the "spontaneous amphitheaters" and the classrooms are united under one roof providing promiscuity and privacy in an intimate relationship with nature. People won’t pass each other in corridors anymore, but meet in vivid places, in a unique space bathed in soft light, with surprising and changing views. The large transparent facade of the Learning Center opens to the West on the "Green", a vast public space covered by lawns and partly wooded. The building is thus seen as an open space revealing the activities taking place in its heart and stands as an architectural and academic emblem of the future neighborhood.

    The Learning Center, soon to be erected in the heart of the current development area of the École Polytechnique, is representative of the evolution of the urban campus of Paris-Saclay which just entered the operational phase. The campus served by the future train line 18 of the Grand Paris Express will reach a program of a total of 1.740 million square meters.

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    Dive Into “The Piano Method” at the Cité de l’Architecture & du Patrimoine in Paris

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    One Expensive, Terrifying Night in the 'World’s Largest Grave'

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    Artist Brings Fragments of Greenland Glaciers to Paris Climate Talks

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    Innovative Detail: Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé Headquarters

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    Ai Weiwei's Newest Installation Brings Mythical Creatures to Life

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