LEGO® Architecture Landmark Series: The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower. Image © ® Architecture

LEGO® has announced the architecture series’ newest addition: The Eiffel Tower (La tour Eiffel). Named after its engineer, Gustave Eiffel, the famous lattice structure is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. Built on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France, to serve as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair, The Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure in the world until 1930, and remains the tallest structure in Paris. More than 5,000 detailed drawings were required to assemble the 1063-foot tower’s 18,038 iron parts, which took just over two years to complete.

The Eiffel Tower LEGO® Architecture replica will be available for purchase on January 1st, 2014. You can learn more about the structure and its history here.

André Parent Cultural Center / Olivier Werner Architecte

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Architects: Olivier Werner Architecte
Location: ,
Project Manager: Franz Bourgeois
Area: 749 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Olivier Werner Architecte

Zero Energy school / Mikou Design Studio

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Architects: Mikou Design Studio
Location: Saint-Ouen,
Design Team: Salwa Mikou, Cecile Jalby, Miguel Allen Valença
Area: 4820.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Florian Kleinefenn

Passy Cultural Space and Youth Club / Beckmann-N’thepe Architectes

© Stephan Lucas

Architects: Beckmann-N’thepe Architectes
Location: Avenue Joseph Thoret, ,
Project Manager: Nicolas Gaudard
Assistant Architects: Camille Gaven, Linna Lay, Thaïs de Roquemaurel
Architects In Charge: Laura Giovannetti, Mathilde Mahler, Juliane Stolberg
Area: 2,800 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Stephan Lucas

OMA Wins Its First Bridge: Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc

Image © OMA, Artefactory, Frans Parthesius. Image Courtesy of OMA

OMA has won an international competition to design Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc, a bridge across the river Garonne in , , that will link the municipalities of Bègles and Floriac. The 44m by 545m bridge, which will act as “a generous new public space” and “an urban planning intervention” for the city, giving priority to pedestrian traffic, is the first to be realized by OMA. It is scheduled for completion in 2018.

According to Clément Blanchet, director of OMA France, the bridge ”is not the ‘event’ in the city, but a platform that can accommodate events of the city [...it] may be the least technical, least lyrical, but [it is] the most concise and effective structural solution.”

The architect’s description of the project, after the break…

La Passerelle / Pierre Vurpas et Associés Architectes

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Architects: Pierre Vurpas et Associés Architectes
Location: , France
Project Manager:
Scheduling, Steering, Coordination: Arpège Ingéniérie
Economist: Pierre VURPAS et Associés Architectes
Structural Engineering: Tecbat
Year: 2013
Photographs: Studio Erick Saillet, Courtesy of Pierre Vurpas et Associés Architectes, Alessandro Clemenza

House in Normandy / Beckmann-N’thepe Architectes

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Architects: Beckmann-N’thepe Architectes
Location: Bellavilliers,
Project Manager: Nicolas Gaudard
Architect In Charge: Laura Giovannetti
Area: 80 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Beckmann-N’thepe Architectes

Chateau Cheval Blanc Winer / Christian de Portzamparc

© Erik Saillet

Architects: Christian de Portzamparc
Location: Saint-Émilion,
Architect In Charge:
Area: 5250.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Erik Saillet, Max Botton

Concoret Housing for the Elderly / Nomade Architects

© Luc Boegly

Architects: Nomade Architects
Location: , France
Architect In Charge: NOMADE Architectes
Area: 2,549 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Luc Boegly

35 housings units in Blagnac / Nicolas Laisné + Christophe Rousselle

© Philippe Ruault

Architects: Nicolas Laisné + Christophe Rousselle
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Nicolas Laisné, Christophe Rousselle
Area: 2,276 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

In Progress: Musée des Confluences / COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

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Architects: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU
Location: , France
Architect In Charge: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky + Partner
Design Principal: Wolf D. Prix
Project Partner: Markus Prossnigg
Project Architects: Mona Bayr, Angus Schoenberger
Project Coordination: Thomas Margaretha, Peter Grell
Local Architect, Planning: Patriarche & Co, Chambéry/Lyon, France
Area: 46476.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Hubert Canet, Balloïde

The House of the Early Childhood / TOPOS ARCHITECTURE

© Jérôme BLIN

Architects: TOPOS ARCHITECTURE
Location: Mayenne,
Architect In Charge:
Area: 1300.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jérôme BLIN

Carre Plantagenet / inSpace

© Hervé Abbadie

Architects: inSpace
Location: Rouen, Pruillé-l’Éguillé,
Area: 4500.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hervé Abbadie

La Colle sur Loup / Agence d’architecture Boyer-Percheron-Assus et Associé

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Architects:
Location: , France
Associated: JALC Architectes
Area: 4,071 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Agence d’architecture Boyer

Albert Camus Multimedia Library / de-so

© Hervé Abbadie

Architects: de-so
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Olivier Souquet, François Defrain
Collaborators: Youngsong Park, Matthieu Janand, P. Reynes
Area: 2,710 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hervé Abbadie

24 Housing Units / Zanon + Bourbon Architects

© Olivier Dancy

Architects: Zanon,
Location: , France
Area: 980.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Olivier Dancy

Valenton Housing / Gelin-Lafon

© Filip Dujardin

Architects: Gelin-Lafon
Location: Avenue Julien Duranton, , France
Area: 4,454 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

BIG Selected to Design Human Body Museum in France

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BIG has been announced as the winner of an international design competition for the new Cité du Corps Humain (Museum of the Human Body) in . Rooted in the city’s long medical history and world renowned medical school, which dates back to the 10th century, the 7,800 sqm museum will “explore the human body from an artistic, scientific and societal approach through cultural activities, interactive exhibitions, performances and workshops.”

Its design, orchestrated by eight undulating forms which “weave together” to create an underlying continuous space, will serve as a mediator between nature and city – Charpak Park and the Montpellier city hall. Stunning views, access to daylight and critical internal connections will all be revealed by the Museum’s shifting form.

Read on for more from the architect…