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Diller Scofidio + Renfro's "Musings on a Glass Box" Opens in Paris

In celebration of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain’s 30th anniversary, Diller Scofidio + Renfro has installed an immersive exhibition that encourages visitors to experience the Jean Nouvel-designed, glass and steel museum building in an entirely new way. 

“The Fondation Cartier building designed by Jean Nouvel will be used as raw material for their work, a first in the history of the institution. Musings on a Glass Box is a complex work occupying the entire ground floor of the Fondation Cartier, where a disturbance in the ceiling will trigger a surprising reaction. The result is an immersive environment, including an integral acoustic component by American composer David Lang and sound designer Jody Elff, that works with the building’s architecture to raise questions about transparency, perception, and one’s relation to space.”

A statement from Diller Scofidio + Renfro, after the break.

Video: French Cities Come to Life in Mayeul Akpovi's Time-Lapse Movies

These mesmerizing time-lapse videos by photographer Mayeul Akpovi allow you to see several French cities like never before. Combined with captivating soundtracks, the videos show the architecture of ParisMarseille and Lyon throughout the day with changing light and varying levels of activity. Above, Part I of Paris in Motion displays shots of clouds moving across the sky, reflections on the Le Grande LouvreLa Grande Arche. Check out the remaining six videos after the break.

Paris- Quai de l'Oise / Agence VEA – Architects

  • Architects: Agence VEA – Architects
  • Location: 19th arrondissement, Paris, France
  • Architect in Charge: Julien FORTIER-DURAND
  • Design Team: Antoine CASANOVA, Pauline CHASLES and Bertrand EMGOUE
  • Technical Design Office: CTH
  • Area: 1100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia

P.A.T.H. Houses / Philippe Starck + Riko

  • Architects: Philippe Starck
  • Location: Montfort-l'Amaury, France
  • Collaboration: Riko
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Philippe Starck

Courtesy of Philippe Starck Courtesy of Philippe Starck Courtesy of Philippe Starck Courtesy of Philippe Starck

Sou Fujimoto Constructs Inhabitable Nomadic Structure for Parisian Art Fair

Over the weekend, Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto exhibited an inhabitable sculpture of stacked and suspended aluminum cubes as part of the FIAC art fair in the Parisian Jardins des Tuileries’ gardens. The installation, “Many Small Cubes” is his first project in Paris and was commissioned by the Philippe Gravier art gallery as an exploration of nomadic structures and Sou Fujimoto’s concept of bringing architecture closer to nature. 

"The floating masses of Many Small Cubes creates a new experience of space, a rhythm of flickering shadows and lights like the sun filtering through leafy trees,” described Sou Fujimoto.

IDF Habitat Headquarters / Piuarch + Stefano Sbarbati Architecte

Piuarch and Stefano Sbarbati Architecte have won an international design contest to design the new headquarters of the French housing company IDF Habitat in Champigny-sur-Marne. Designed in collaboration with Stefano Sbarbati, the new building is described as "linear and efficient," but it also acts as a defining building in a new public square, offering "an example of how architecture can contribute to defining empty spaces, transforming them into social areas," according to the architects.

Strato Office Block / Hardel et Le Bihan Architectes

© Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon

Swimming Pool Kibitzenau / Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

  • Architects: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
  • Location: 1 Rue de la Kibitzenau, 67100 Strasbourg, France
  • Design Team: Claire Bodenez, Jennifer Goletz
  • Project Leader: Robert Grimm
  • Area: 6501.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: David Boureau

© David Boureau © David Boureau © David Boureau © David Boureau

Médiatheque de Monterblanc / Studio 02

  • Architects: Studio 02
  • Location: Monterblanc, France
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly

Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris: The Critics Respond

The people behind Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton (FLV) in Paris, which is set to officially open on the 27th October 2014, recently invited a band of architecture critics to take a look around and pen their thoughts. Gehry's bold approach to architectural form, most evident in buildings like the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, matches the foundation's aim to "promote and support contemporary and artistic creation" in France. According to their website, they in particular embody "a passion for artistic freedom." How, then, has the enormous sailed structure, challenged by local opposition from the outset, settled into its Parisian parkland surroundings?

See what The Guardian's Oliver Wainwright, The Observer's Rowan Moore, Vanity Fair's Paul Goldberger, The LA Times' Christopher Hawthorne, as well as the Architectural Digests' Mayer Rus, had to say about Gehry's latest completed building after the break.

© Todd Eberle © Todd Eberle © Todd Eberle © Todd Eberle

Salle Polyvalente de Plumergat / Studio 02

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly

Old House in Douvaine / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects

  • Architects: Frei Rezakhanlou Architects
  • Location: 74140 Douvaine, France
  • Architects in Charge: Eric Frei, Kaveh Rezakhanlou
  • Project management: Michel Desvallées
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Romain Blanchi

© Romain Blanchi © Romain Blanchi © Romain Blanchi © Romain Blanchi

Entre Deux Rives / PHILIPPON - KALT Architects

  • Architects: PHILIPPON - KALT Architects
  • Location: 7 Quai Châtelier, 93450 L'Île-Saint-Denis, France
  • Area: 11100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Hervé Abbadie, Courtesy of PHILIPPON - KALT Architects

© Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie

Kindergarden in Grenade Sur L'Adour / Gadrat Architecture et associée

  • Architects: Gadrat Architecture et associée
  • Location: Avenue de Villeneuve, 40270 Grenade-sur-l'Adour, France
  • Architect in Charge: Julien Gadrat, Sylvie Dugasse
  • Collaborators: Camille Astruc, Mathias Cisnal
  • Area: 1050.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Maïtetxu Etcheverria

© Maïtetxu Etcheverria © Maïtetxu Etcheverria © Maïtetxu Etcheverria © Maïtetxu Etcheverria

Marc Mimram Reveals Design for New TGV Station in Montpellier

Paris-based architecture and engineering firm Marc Mimram has been appointed to design a new TGV station in Montpellier, France. To be completed in late 2017, the station is intended to serve up to 3.5 million passengers a year by 2030, connecting with the existing Perpignan to Barcelona line, ultimately reducing the travel time between Paris and Barcelona.

The station's striking roof structure is composed of five 8 metre wide pleated shells, made from a fibre reinforced, ultra high performance concrete (UHPC). The high performance concrete combined with the pleated form allows the shells to be just 5-6 centimetres thick, with glass panes embedded directly into the concrete during casting.

Preserving a Place for Protest in Paris

Following a three-year redesign, the Place de la République in Paris reopened this year, welcoming back the regular organized protests that make it one of the most important public spaces in Paris. For the designers of the space, TVK agency, it was important not to infringe on what many Parisians consider their inalienable right to protest - however a question remained over how the square could be more amenable to other uses at the same time. In this article, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Place for Protest," Veronique Vienne explores how TVK agency allowed Parisians to have their cake and let them eat it too.

In Paris, rituals of political discontent are traditionally celebrated on Place de la République. It is a favorite kick-off point for the countless marches that define democracy in the French capital. But before taking to the street in a slow-moving procession, crowds block traffic all around the esplanade, creating a gridlock that can cripple the city from Sacré Coeur to the Opéra. Meanwhile, citizens get to unfurl banners and shout slogans. It’s legal, good, clean fun.

Well, no more. 

Fondation Louis Vuitton / Gehry Partners

  • Architects: Gehry Partners
  • Location: Bois de Boulogne, 75016 Paris, France
  • Design Partner: Frank Gehry
  • Area: 11700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Iwan Baan, Todd Eberle

© Todd Eberle © Todd Eberle © Todd Eberle © Todd Eberle

Extension and Restructuration Of Castries’ Middle School / MDR Architectes

  • Architects: MDR Architectes
  • Location: Castries, France
  • Architect in Charge: Sancie MATTE, Frédéric DEVAUX, Arnaud ROUSSEAU, Frédéric GANICHOT assistant
  • Area: 5285.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Mathieu DUCROS

© Mathieu DUCROS © Mathieu DUCROS © Mathieu DUCROS © Mathieu DUCROS