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

© Sergio Grazia

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

Sou Fujimoto Constructs Inhabitable Nomadic Structure for Parisian Art Fair

© Marc Domage

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 ’ gardens. The installation, “Many Small Cubes” is his first project in 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.

Day Care Center / Rh+ Architecture

© Luc Boegly

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

Strato Office Block / Hardel et Le Bihan Architectes

© Vincent Fillon

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

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

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris. 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.

Preserving a Place for Protest in Paris

The “new” plaza now extends behind the historic statue that previously occupied its center. Image © Clement Guillaume

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 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

© Iwan Baan

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

Interactive Infographic Tracks the Growth of the World’s Megacities

Tokyo remains the world’s largest city, but is beginning to see competition from the world’s other megacities. Image © Flickr CC User Les Taylor

With more than 7 billion people now alive, the greatest population growth over the last century has occurred in urban areas. Now, a new series of interactive maps entitled “The Age of Megacities” and developed by software company ESRI allows us to visualize these dramatic effects and see just how this growth has shaped the geography of 10 of the world’s 28 megacities. Defined as areas with continuous urban development of over 10 million people, the number of megacities in the world is expected to increase, and while Tokyo still tops the list as the world’s largest megacity, other cities throughout Asia are quickly catching up. Find out more after the break.

Paris Zoological Park / Bernard Tschumi Urbanists Architects + Veronique Descharrieres

© Claud Cieutat

Architects: Bernard Tschumi, Veronique Descharrieres
Location: 53 Avenue de Saint-Maurice, 75012 Paris,
Research Adviser: Mikaël Mugnier (Landscape architect)
Project Manager: Camille Piot (Architect) and Renaud Riboulet (Landscape architect)
Landscape Architects: Atelier Jacqueline Osty
Year: 2014
Photographs: Claud Cieutat, Martin Argyroglo, Mikaël Mugnier

The Parisian Hôtel Particulier in Drawings

Anonymous. Country house near to Caen. Section of the main building. Pen, black ink and Indian wash, yellow-orange, pink and green water colour, 190 x 250 mm. Image © bpk – Bildagentur für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte

Starting October 18th, the will be showing 65 art works of Hôtel particulier buildings – prestigious town houses, which were built in the first part of the 18th century and characterize Parisian architecture until today – in the Lʼhôtel particulier à Paris.” After Sergei Tchoban, architect and founder of the Tchoban Foundation for Architectural Drawing, showed his collection of 24 drawings at the École des Beaux-Arts in 2011 with the exhibition “À la source de l’ Antique. La collection de Sergei Tchoban”, the two institutions now continue their collaboration, this time with a selection of works from Paris that will be displayed in Berlin.

Apartment in Rue de Lille / spamroom

© Martin Argyroglo

Architects: spamroom
Location: Rue de Lille, 75007 ,
Collaborator: LEAinvent
Area: 100.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Martin Argyroglo

Pathé Foundation / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

© Michel Denancé

Architects: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Location: 73 Avenue des Gobelins, 75013 Paris,
Partner And Associate In Charge: B. Plattner and T.Sahlmann
Partner: G.Bianchi
Area: 2200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Michel Denancé, Paul Raftery

Le Marais Social Housing and Offices / Atelier du Pont

© Frédéric Delangle

Architects: Atelier du Pont
Location: 25 Rue Michel le Comte, 75003 Paris,
Architect In Charge: Anne-Cécile Comar, Philippe Croisier, Stéphane Pertusier
Design Team: Alice Berthelon, Aline Defert, Ariane Rouveyrol
Area: 4500.0 sqm
Photographs: Frédéric Delangle

UNIQLO Le Marais / Wonderwall

© Hufton+Crow

Architects: Wonderwall
Location: 39 Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75004 Paris,
Area: 800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hufton+Crow

Frank Gehry’s “Haute Couture” Art Gallery for the Fondation Louis Vuitton

The Fondation in the Bois de Boulogne is set to open this fall. Image © victortsu via Flickr

Because of – rather than in spite of - Frank Gehry‘s seeming inability to design something rectilinear, CEO of Louis Vuitton Bernard Arnault specifically sought him out to design the Fondation Louis Vuitton, a private art gallery in Paris. Arnault asked Gehry to create something worthy of the foundation’s first artistic act; “a haute couture building.” The resulting glass palace is immediately recognizable as a design, with a form that conjures images of sailboats and fish. In this article for Vanity Fair, Critic Paul Goldberger considers the building within the prestigious history of Paris museums, and within Gehry’s larger body of work. Click here to read the story.

34 Football Fields of Museums: Rem Koolhaas Talks at the Galeries Lafayette

“I feel a misfit in my own time,” says Rem Koolhaas, setting the tone. Seated in soon-to-be renovated Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Koolhaas bares all intellectually through the course of his lecture. As founder of Rotterdam-based OMA with a worldwide practice, candid conversations with Koolhaas are rare. The discussion provides a glimpse into the creative process of one of the world’s leading architects and current Curator of the Venice Biennale of Architecture. Koolhaas confides in the audience from the outset, admitting his discomfort with current architecture. “From the inside of my current condition, I feel profoundly out of step with the contemporary situation,” says Koolhaas, adding ”I’m very annoyed by the contemporary belief in comfort as the ultimate virtue.”

Read on after the break for more summary of the fascinating lecture

Koolhaas stands at the intersection of art and architecture, deliberating on the evolution of museum design. Using the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern by Herzog & de Meuron as an example, Koolhaas states: “In order to fill spaces like this, artists are forced into an apocalyptic mode as only very strong emotions register – this is not a space you can fill with delicacy.” Koolhaas’ solution to the apocalyptic problem can be found in his recent design for the renovation of Galeries Lafayette, a heritage protected building in with zero tolerance for structural modification. The design calls for movable floors installed in a steel-framed courtyard – the only intervention available in the listed building. “The beauty of preservation is that it begins with acknowledging that another architecture is worth keeping,” concludes Koolhaas.

Apartment in Paris / Schemaa

© Fred Toulet

Architects: Schemaa
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Maria Enescu, Simon El Hage
Area: 32.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fred Toulet

Video: Re-imagining Paris Through Archi’llusion

Have you ever treated a famous city like your very own sketchbook? Claire and Max of Menilmonde did just that. The duo re-envisioned the buildings and monuments of by capturing the lower stories through video and sketching imaginary additions in a project that viscerally challenges pre-conceived attitudes towards iconic structures. Take a walk through the City of Love and experience it anew as a work of art.