Tiny Apartment In Paris / Kitoko Studio

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Architects: Kitoko Studio
Location: ,
Area: 8.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fabienne Delafraye

Centre Pompidou To Open Design and Architecture Gallery

AD Classics: Centre Georges Pompidou / Renzo Piano + Richard Rogers. Image © conservapedia.com

Yesterday, during the opening of a new photography gallery, president Alain Seban announced the contemporary art museum will soon open a new design and architecture gallery inside the famed Renzo Piano- and Richard Rogers-designed building. “Eventually, there should be almost no offices in the building, and we’ll keep only the technical facilities that are strictly indispensable,” said Seban. “When allocating the spaces, the works and the visitors have to take precedence.”

“Surprise Us!” City of Paris Invites Architects To Propose Innovative Urban Projects

Site: Sous-station Voltaire (11e). Image Courtesy of Reinventer

The City of Paris has called upon the architects of the world to propose “innovative urban projects” to reimagine the city’s urban future. As the first competition of its kind in the world, Mayor Anne Hidalgo and her Deputy, Jean-Louis Missika, will ”select and implement the new forms of buildings that will shape the future of Paris,” putting innovation at the top of the criteria. Offering 23 sites, located in the centre of Paris and on the peripheries, the City is convinced that “the challenges faced by the world can be addressed through local answers.” According to the Mayor, “from today, world creators are given carte blanche to reinvent the ways of living, working and trading in Paris.” “Surprise us!”

Albi Grand Theater / Dominique Perrault Architecture

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Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture
Location: Grand Théâtre, 81000 ,
Area: 34000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Georges Fessy, Vincent Boutin

Chipperfield’s Musée des Beaux-Arts Nixed for Being too Costly

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The French government has cancelled its £8 million contribution towards the £43 million Musée des Beaux-arts by David Chipperfield Architects, causing the ’ mayor to “shelve” the museum for being too costly. As reported by the Architects’ Journal, the funds will be reallocated towards the redevelopment of a recently closed sports complex. The museum, originally awarded to Chipperfield following an international competition, was intended to be built on an excavation area and display mediaeval relics. You can review the design, here

Regional Court and Industrial Tribunal at Montmorency / Dominique Coulon & Associés

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Architects: Dominique Coulon & Associés
Location: 143 Charles de Gaulle Avenue, 95160 ,
Area: 2110.0 sqm
Photographs: David Romero-Uzeda, Patrick Miara

Cultural and Sports Center / BRUTHER

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Architects: BRUTHER
Location: Saint Blaise, 75020 , France
Partenaires: Altia, Batiserf, Michel Forgue, Louis Choulet
Area: 1300.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of BRUTHER

Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s “Musings on a Glass Box” Opens in Paris

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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 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

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

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

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Architects: Philippe Starck
Location: Montfort-l’Amaury,
Collaboration: Riko
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Philippe Starck

Sou Fujimoto Constructs Inhabitable Nomadic Structure for Parisian Art Fair

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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 , “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 ’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.

Piuarch and Stefano Sbarbati Architecte Designs New Headquarters For IDF Habitat in Champigny-sur-Marne

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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.

Day Care Center / Rh+ Architecture

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Architects: Rh+ Architecture
Location: 17 Rue Gustave Geffroy, 75013 Paris,
Area: 1800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Luc Boegly

Swimming Pool Kibitzenau / Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

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

Strato Office Block / Hardel et Le Bihan Architectes

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Architects: Hardel et Le Bihan Architectes
Location: Boulevard Pereire, , France
Area: 12500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Vincent Fillon

Médiatheque de Monterblanc / Studio 02

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Architects: Studio 02
Location: ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Luc Boegly

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

Fondation Louis Vuitton, . Image © Iwan Baan

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.