Tour Sans Faim (Tower Without Hunger) is a special project connecting architecture with pastry. Designed by Jean Bocabeille (collective PLAN01) and the chef Gielles Stassart, the project will enter the Guiness Book of Records by becoming the highest cake in the world.
The work started July 1 and will last until this Sunday, when the finished project will be 10 meters high, made of 850 bricks of sugar and sponge cake, using 628 kg of flour, 508 kg of sugar, 350 eggs and 18 kg of butter. You can see more images after the break (and we hope to have some more on Thursday with the finished project).
First Prize-winner of the competition for the new cultural center of Meudon-la-Forêt, Serero Architects has designed a building wrapped by an organic concrete shell. The project will be presented at the mediatheque of Meudon until July 10th, 2010.
More images and architect’s description after the break.
Serero Architects shared with us the Saint-Hilaire Du-Harcouët Media Center, a 300-seat performance hall with a foyer, 4 art and music studios, 1 restaurant, a rehearsal hall, administrative offices and associated technical spaces. They received first prize in a restricted competition and it’s expected to be completed by 2012.
More images and architect’s description after the break.
In Paris, France, BASE has created an environment for the imagination with their latest playground design. Working with children and adults in different workshops, BASE was able to understand the users’ wishes and visions for the project. ”Our work then consisted in synthetising and interpreting the public’s expectations to provide a spatial response both truthful and original,” explained the designers.
More images and more about the playground after the break.
Architects: RMDM Architectes
Location: Saint Germain Les Corbeil, Paris, France
Interior and Landscape Design: RMDM Architectes
Structural and Constructional Engineer: SOTEC Ingenierie
Client: Communatute Agglomeration Seine Essonne
Site Area: 5,450 m2
Building Area: 2,450 m2
Completion Date: December 2009
Photographs: Herve Abbadie
Steven Holl Architects is pleased to present ‘Su Pietra’, an exhibition of recent projects in China and Europe, which will be held at the Castle of Acaya in Lecce, Italy, from July 10, 2010 to January 15, 2011.
While the Chinese projects – the Horizontal Skyscraper in Shenzhen, Linked Hybrid in Beijing, and the Nanjing Museum of Art and Architecture – explore the macro scale of cities through the lens of architecture, the European projects show a vision of the preservation of natural landscape, as with the Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Knut Hamsun Center, Loisium Alsace, and the Cité de l’Ocean et du Surf in Biarritz. In addition, a series of stone sculptures has been created by Steven Holl specifically for Su Pietra.
The national cultural event, Imaginez Maintenant, features work of young multidisciplinary designers (all under the age of 30) in nine French cities. Finding inspiration in Gilles Clément’s description of “wandering plants phenomenon,” Nicolas Dorval-Bory and Raphaël Bétillon’s selected project creates an experimental journey, inviting visitors to explore an unlikely landscape. Open from July 1st through the 4th, the project consists of an artificial cloud, a long greenhouse and thousand of seedlings which will rest on the banks of the Garonne, next to the Hospital of La Grave.
More about the installation after the break.
As part of arc en rêve’s long-term ambition, this event aims to call attention to a young European agency that considers architectural projects in an incisive, innovative way that does not exclude a sense of humour. With projects such as the Copenhagen Harbour Baths (2003), the Ørestad residences (2008) built on a gigantic sloping slab resembling an urban mountain, and a bike track spiralling through the Danish pavilion at Expo Shanghai (2010), BIG’s completed projects offer profound architectural experiences at a far remove from minimalism, political correctness and digital formalism.
Set up in arc en rêve’s main gallery, the exhibition takes the form of a huge, 130-metre-long comic strip occupying the entire 450 square metres of the space and complete with 30 models – one of them an astonishing LEGO construction – and 19 animated films. As a manifesto project accompanied by a book, Yes is More is an invitation to update our vision of architecture and the city in a return to modernity and its utopias. This is BIG’s first solo exhibition in France which was inaugurated earlier this year at the Danish Architecture Center. The exhibition will take place tomorrow, June 17, 6pm at Arc en Rêve, Entrepôt 7 Rue Ferrêre, 33000 Bordeaux, France.
Last week, we introduced Atelier Altern and their landscapping vision for the historic French town of Toulouse. Today, we bring you their second chosen work for Amiens which is for the islands of the Hortillonnages. The project, ‘On vous raconte des salades’, which translates to mean ‘to spin a yard’ is about the installation telling a story of forgotten varieties of salad.
More about the proposal after the break.
The work of two young French landscape designers, Sylvain Morin and Aurélien Zoia, has been selected for Imaginez Maintenant, a summer national event where young landscapers experiment and share their ideas. The designers have been chosen to work on two French heritage sites, one in Toulouse and the other in Amiens. Today, we share their design for Toulouse, and next week, we’ll share their strategy for Amiens.
More images and more about the landscape after the break.
Our friends at Inhabitat shared Patrick Nadeau‘s Wave House with us to enjoy. Situated in Reims, France, the house features a new take on a green roof – a cascading green surface that blankets the artificial to disguise it as a grassy hill. While we enjoy the addition of any green roof, Nadeau’s approach of a roof that is integrated with the overall form of the house and is then blended into the larger landscape is a nice strategy.
More images and more about the home after the break.