Eiffel Tower’s First Floor Refurbishment / Agence Moatti-Rivière

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Architects: Agence Moatti-Rivière
Location: Champ de Mars, 2 Allée Adrienne Lecouvreur, 75007 , France
Area: 4260.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Michel Denancé

MenoMenoPiu Proposes Capsule Hotel for Short-Term Housing in Paris

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With nearly 120 museums, Paris has the largest concentration of museums in the world. This, as MenoMenoPiu Architects believes, puts the city at risk of becoming a living conservatory. Therefore the Parisian practice has proposed the “EauBerge Paris Capsule Hotel” as a way to mitigate the need for short-term housing for tourists and preserve the quality of everyday life for residents.

“Just like the other European capitals such as Rome, Venice, or , Paris risks to become a city museum,” says MenoMenoPiu. “The increase of tourists in the French Capital causes panic and also leads to a gradual decentralization from the Parisians.”

KILO Pitches Woven Tent Outside of Jean Novel’s Arab World Institute

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In conjunction with the Contemporary Morocco exhibit (Le Maroc Contemporain) at the Jean Nouvel-designed Institut du Monde Arabe in , a giant tent has been constructed on the plaza in front of the building. Designed by and Linna Choi of KILO, the tent harmonizes contemporary design and technical innovation with traditional fabrication methods. Constructed from more than 650-square-meters of camel and goat wool woven by female cooperatives in the Saharan desert, the tent serves as an urban landmark and a symbol for the Contemporary Morocco exhibit. The rhythm and scale of the tent’s silhouette renders a topographic dimension to the structure which pays homage to the nomadic traditions of southern Morocco.

Uncovering Viollet-le-Duc’s “Unexpected” Career

Half of a rhombohedron. Remains of a crystal system separating the glacier of Envers Blaitière Vallée Blanche (Viollet-le-Duc). Image © Médiathèque de l’architecture & du patrimoine

Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, the French architect most famous for the ‘restoration’ of Notre-Dame de Paris, is a person we unequivocally associate with 19th century . Although there is no doubt that his interpretive restorations of medieval French monuments were some of his greatest achievements, a new exhibition at Paris’ Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine seeks to uncover a “well-connected character who pursued an uninterrupted career drawing, building, teaching, restoring, and many other things.”

In a review for DomusLéa-Catherine Szacka examines this first major retrospective dedicated to the designer, theorist and artist since 1980 in celebration of the bicentennial of his birth. According to Szacka curator Jean-Michel Leniaud has, in this exhibition, shifted focus to Viollet-le-Duc’s artistic output, thereby presenting “the less known and the more unexpected aspect” of his career.

Pushed Slab / MVRDV

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Architects: MVRDV
Location: , France
Design Team: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries with Frans de Witte, Bertrand Schippan, Catherine Drieux, Victor Perez, Delphine Borg, Billy Guidoni
Co Architect: North by North West, Paris, FR
Area: 19000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

The 9 Most Controversial Buildings of All Time

It is now just over a year since the unveiling of Zaha Hadid’s Al-Wakrah Stadium in Doha, Qatar, and in the intervening twelve months, it seems like the building has never been out of the news. Most recently, remarks made by Hadid concerning the deaths of construction workers under Qatar’s questionable working conditions created a media firestorm of legal proportions. Hadid’s stadium has been widely mocked for its ‘biological’ appearance, not to mention the fact that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, for which the stadium will be built, has encountered a storm of controversy all of its own.

The criticism surrounding Al Wakrah has prompted us to look far and wide for the world’s most debated buildings. Could Al Wakrah be the most controversial building of all time? Check out ArchDaily’s roundup of nine contenders after the break.

Find out which buildings top our controversial list after the break

ZAC del Lilas Multi-Purpose Building / SCAPE

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Architects: SCAPE
Location: Porte des Lilas, 75019 ,
Area: 3800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Francesco Mattuzzi

Zac Boucicaut In Paris / Ameller, Dubois & Associés Architectes

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Architects: Ameller, Dubois & Associés Architectes
Location: ,
Area: 7700.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Takuji Shimmura, Frederic Allinne

Paris’ City Council Rejects Herzog & de Meuron’s 180-Meter “Triangle Tower”

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Widening the debate on whether or not should preserve its 19-century skyline or “embrace innovation,” Parisian city council members have rejected the controversial, 180-meter “Triangle Tower” designed by Herzog & de Meuron. Despite the 83-78 vote, the fight carries on; Mayor Anne Hidalgo has declared the veto to be invalid and hopes a new round of balloting will rule in favor of the tower. Though, in a city that fears of loosing its “existing urban fabric to skyscrapers,” it seems unlikely that the tower will be built. 

Climb Inside Numen/For Use’s Membrane of Packing Tape at Palais de Tokyo in Paris

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They began with a single roll of tape, frenetically navigating the space between columns with the help of a ladder and a lot of creativity. Ten days and twelve sets of hands later, Tape Paris was completed at Palais de Tokyo for ‘Inside,’ an  of site-specific projects designed to be interactive and introspective. Tape Paris delves into the physical and psychological experience of interior space through an experiential model of exploration. Visitors travel through a matrix of elastic tunnels suspended precariously above the traditional exhibition space, as guests observe their movements from below. The biomorphic skin is a playground for the senses, offering opportunities to climb, relax, and discover.

Enter the elastic world of Tape Paris after the break 

Tiny Apartment In Paris / Kitoko Studio

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Architects: Kitoko Studio
Location: , France
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!”

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 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 Paris 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: Agence VEA – Architects
Location: 19th arrondissement, ,
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

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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 ’ gardens. The installation, “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.