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Snøhetta Chosen to Design Le Monde Headquarters in Paris

00:00 - 16 January, 2015
Snøhetta Chosen to Design Le Monde Headquarters in Paris, Courtesy of Snøhetta
Courtesy of Snøhetta

French media company Le Monde Group has chosen Snøhetta to design their new headquarters in Paris. Clad with a pixelated matrix of glass that offers varying degrees of transparency, the building’s distinct facade will be embedded with clusters of LEDs that project “abstracted levels of data,” symbolically representing the group’s continuous “flow of information.” 

“The intention is that the façade gives the building a homogenous character when viewed from distance, but at the same time reveals a greater level of complexity as the view approaches – like headlines and detailed content in a news story,” says Snøhetta. “The façade patterns are intended to represent the building as a complete volume, while the distorted pixel map creates a rich tapestry from inside and out.”

Jean Nouvel Boycotts Opening of the Philharmonie de Paris, Saying It Is "Not Finished"

00:00 - 15 January, 2015
Jean Nouvel Boycotts Opening of the Philharmonie de Paris, Saying It Is "Not Finished", The concert hall under construction. Image © Yves Chanoit
The concert hall under construction. Image © Yves Chanoit

Ateliers Jean Nouvel’s long awaited opening of the Philharmonie de Paris concert hall took place yesterday at a VIP event in which the French President, Francois Hollande, officiated the ceremony three years after it was scheduled to take place. Jean Nouvel, however, did not attend the event, instead writing an incendiary column for French Newspaper Le Monde, and releasing a statement saying he feels that the building has opened “too early” and it ”is not finished.” He argues that “there were no acoustic tests of the concert hall [as] the schedule did not allow the architectural and technical requirements to be respected, [...] despite all the warnings which I have been giving since 2013.”

SANAA's Plans For La Samaritaine in Paris Blocked Once Again

00:00 - 14 January, 2015
SANAA's Plans For La Samaritaine in Paris Blocked Once Again, Rendering (2011). Image © SANAA
Rendering (2011). Image © SANAA

An appeals court has revoked permission for SANAA's restoration of the landmark Art Deco La Samaritaine department store in . The plans, which would see a comprehensive overhaul of the 19th-century structure that finally shut its doors in 2005 following four decades in decline, would create an all-new shopping centre and luxury hotel as part of a 70,000m² mixed use development.

The project, commissioned by the LVMH conglomerate - which owns brands like Dom Pérignon, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton and BVLGARI - was halted because "the wavy, etched-glass facade proposed [SANAA] did not meet local planning requirements and was out of character with the surrounding buildings." It is understood that La Samaritaine will now appeal to the Council of State, France's highest administrative court. The city of Paris has mentioned in a separate statement that it would also support this latest appeal.

Primary School For Sciences And Biodiversity / Chartier Dalix Architectes

01:00 - 13 January, 2015
Primary School For Sciences And Biodiversity / Chartier Dalix Architectes, © P. Guignard
© P. Guignard

© David Foessel © David Foessel © Cyrille Weiner © Cyrille Weiner +30

Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au

01:00 - 12 January, 2015
Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au, © Duccio Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba

© Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba +16

Place Olympe de Gouges et Allée des Ateliers à Pantin / 2/3/4/

01:00 - 11 January, 2015
Place Olympe de Gouges et Allée des Ateliers à Pantin / 2/3/4/, © Clément Guillaume
© Clément Guillaume
  • Architects

  • Location

    Pantin, France
  • Project Manager

    Agate Mordka
  • Area

    4341.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Clément Guillaume © Clément Guillaume © Clément Guillaume © Clément Guillaume +15

The Jetty to the Mont-Saint-Michel / Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

01:00 - 10 January, 2015
The Jetty to the Mont-Saint-Michel / Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes, © Mathias Neveling
© Mathias Neveling
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mont Saint-Michel, 50170 Mont Saint-Michel, France
  • Project Team

    José Luis Fuentes, Christian Wittmeir, Guy Deshayes, Mathias Neveling, Arne Speiser
  • Competition Team

    Christian Schmölz, Gabriel Augier, Rupert Siller, Ulrike Plos, Barbara Feichtinger-Felber, Michael Felder, Wolfgang Juen, Frank Hinterleithner, Paul-Eric Schirr-Bonnans, José-Luis Fuentes, Armelle Lavalou
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Pavel Rak © David Boureau © Mathias Neveling © Michael Zimmermann +9

Françoise Dorleac School / DE-SO

01:00 - 10 January, 2015
Françoise Dorleac School / DE-SO, © Hervé Abbadie
© Hervé Abbadie
  • Architects

  • Location

    Paris, France
  • Area

    4680.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie +17

Théâtre d'eau Swimming Pool / LOG Architectes

01:00 - 8 January, 2015
Théâtre d'eau Swimming Pool / LOG Architectes, © Edouard Decam
© Edouard Decam

© Edouard Decam © Edouard Decam © Edouard Decam © Edouard Decam +37

Vincent Callebaut's 2050 Vision of Paris as a "Smart City"

01:00 - 8 January, 2015
Vincent Callebaut's 2050 Vision of Paris as a "Smart City", View of the comprehensive city plan. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture
View of the comprehensive city plan. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture

Addressing Paris’ housing and density issues, French firm Vincent Callebaut Architectures has developed a proposal for multiple high-rise buildings with positive energy output (BEPOS). Comprised of eight multi-use structures inhabiting various locations within Paris, the plan strives to address major sustainability problems affecting each district, while providing key functions for the city. 

Mangrove Towers from street level. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture Antismog Towers from street level. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture Bridge Tower. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture Mountain Towers from street level. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture +19

2 En 1 : Intergenerational House / TICA architecture

01:00 - 1 January, 2015
2 En 1 : Intergenerational House / TICA architecture, Courtesy of TICA architecture
Courtesy of TICA architecture
  • Architects

  • Location

    Vaux-sur-Mer, France
  • Area

    260.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of TICA architecture

Courtesy of TICA architecture Courtesy of TICA architecture Courtesy of TICA architecture Courtesy of TICA architecture +15

Ricardo Porro, Architect of Cuba’s National Art Schools, Dies at 89

00:00 - 30 December, 2014
Ricardo Porro, Architect of Cuba’s National Art Schools, Dies at 89, School of Ballet by Vittorio Garatti . Image © Adrián Guerra Rey via places.designobserver.com
School of Ballet by Vittorio Garatti . Image © Adrián Guerra Rey via places.designobserver.com

Ricardo Porro, the leading architect behind Cuba’s National Art Schools - one of the largest architectural achievements of the Cuban Revolution - has died of heart failure in Paris at the age of 89. After spending nearly a half a century in exile, Porro lived long enough to see his two arts schools reemerged on the world stage as “crown jewels of modern Cuban architecture.” 

Aquatic Centre Montigny-les-Metz / DRD Architecture

01:00 - 26 December, 2014
Aquatic Centre Montigny-les-Metz / DRD Architecture, © Gregoire Auger
© Gregoire Auger

© Gregoire Auger © Gregoire Auger © Gregoire Auger © Gregoire Auger +9

Château de Rentilly Refurbishment as FRAC Ile-de-France Arts Centre / Bona-Lemercier

01:00 - 24 December, 2014
Château de Rentilly Refurbishment as FRAC Ile-de-France Arts Centre / Bona-Lemercier, © Florian Kleinefenn
© Florian Kleinefenn
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rentilly, 77600 Bussy-Saint-Martin, France
  • Partners

    Xavier Veilhan, artist and Alexis Bertrand, scenographer
  • Area

    1350.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Florian Kleinefenn © Florian Kleinefenn © Florian Kleinefenn © Florian Kleinefenn +46

Redline / Pietri Architectes

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
Redline / Pietri Architectes, Courtesy of Pietri Architectes
Courtesy of Pietri Architectes

Courtesy of Pietri Architectes Courtesy of Pietri Architectes Courtesy of Pietri Architectes Courtesy of Pietri Architectes +15

Arte Charpentier Architectes Unveils Plans for Calais Congress Centre

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
Arte Charpentier Architectes Unveils Plans for Calais Congress Centre, Exterior plaza at night. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes
Exterior plaza at night. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes

Nestled into the coastal landscape of Calais on the northern coast of France, Arte Charpentier Architectes have unveiled their design for the Calais Congress Centre, a hub for cultural and social activity in the bustling city. Located along the English Channel, the centre will provide remarkable views of the water and ships entering the city's commercial port. The curvilinear centre will mimic the lush green landscape while echoing the energy of the city with an asymmetrical, ethereal design which includes flexible public space, exhibition halls, meeting rooms, and two hotels all shrouded by an elegant curtain of glass.

Enter the Calais Cultural Centre with images and info after the break

The centre will feature panoramic coastal views. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes Interior public spaces. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes Interior cafe. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes Exterior plaza at night. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes +10

Aquatic Centre Louviers / DRD Architecture

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
Aquatic Centre Louviers / DRD Architecture, © Gregoire Auger
© Gregoire Auger

© Gregoire Auger © Gregoire Auger © Gregoire Auger © Gregoire Auger +21

Multicultural Centre in Isbergues / Dominique Coulon & Associés

01:00 - 22 December, 2014
Multicultural Centre in Isbergues  / Dominique Coulon & Associés, © David Romero-Uzeda
© David Romero-Uzeda

© David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda +41