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Nouvelle AOM Wins Competition to Redesign Paris' Tour Montparnasse

16:00 - 21 September, 2017
© nouvelle AOM / RSI studio / IDA+
© nouvelle AOM / RSI studio / IDA+

The architectural consortium of Nouvelle AOM has been announced as the winner of the international competition for the renovation and redesign of ParisTour Montparnasse, beating out finalist Studio Gang and a shortlist of top firms.

Lauded by the jury for its “powerful, dynamic and bold new identity,” the winning entry will introduce an entirely new vegetated facade system that will improve both the tower’s immediate surroundings and the neighborhood as a whole.

"This was a huge challenge, as the Tower isn't like any other," the jury explained. "Nouvelle AOM's project perfectly captures the spirit of the 21st century, giving the Tower a multifaceted identity revolving around attractive, innovative new uses. The Tower will breathe new life into the Montparnasse neighbourhood." 

© Luxigon © Luxigon © Luxigon © nouvelle AOM / RSI studio / IDA+ + 5

Mercadet / Verdier + Rebiere architects + F. Commerçon architect

09:00 - 16 September, 2017
Mercadet  / Verdier + Rebiere architects + F. Commerçon architect, © Nicolas Fussler
© Nicolas Fussler

© Nicolas Fussler © Nicolas Fussler © Nicolas Fussler © Nicolas Fussler + 36

Populous and Egis to Develop Plans for 38 Olympic Venues at 2024 Paris Games

16:15 - 14 September, 2017
Populous and Egis to Develop Plans for 38 Olympic Venues at 2024 Paris Games, aris 2024 Eiffel Tower at Night . Image © Paris 2024 (Populous-Luxigon)
aris 2024 Eiffel Tower at Night . Image © Paris 2024 (Populous-Luxigon)

The team of Populous and engineering consultants Egis will lead the planning of 38 Olympics and Paralympic venues across Paris, after the team received approval as part of the International Olympic Committee’s naming of the 2024 host city.

Selected as the winners of a competition for the planning concept in 2016, the team will focus on the logistics and experience of the hundreds of thousands of visitors who will be enjoying the Games.

The plan calls for the creation of new permanent and temporary venues at key locations throughout the city, including cycling events on the Champs Elysees and a beach volleyball arena at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, the design of which will strive to meet Paris 2024’s commitment to being the “most sustainable Games ever.”

How a Novel Saved Notre-Dame and Changed Perceptions of Gothic Architecture

09:30 - 5 September, 2017
How a Novel Saved Notre-Dame and Changed Perceptions of Gothic Architecture, © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/kosalabandara/17395160431/'>Flickr user kosalabandara</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
© Flickr user kosalabandara licensed under CC BY 2.0

This article was originally published by Common Edge as "It’s a Book. It’s a Building. It’s a Behavioral Intervention!"

A few years ago, while visiting, or rather exploring, Notre-Dame, the author of this book found, in an obscure corner of one of the towers, this word carved upon the wall:

'ANÁΓKH

These Greek characters, black with age, and cut deep into the stone with the peculiarities of form and arrangement common to Gothic calligraphy that marked them the work of some hand in the Middle Ages, and above all the sad and mournful meaning which they expressed, forcibly impressed the author.

Paris Opens Its First-Ever Public Swimming Pools

06:00 - 25 August, 2017

On July 15, the city of Paris announced the opening of three natural swimming pools that receive their water supply from the Seine River, located in the La Villette Basin in the 19th arrondissement of the city. Spanning a total of 1,600 square meters, the new attraction is divided into a children's area, with depths of up to 40cm; an area of medium depth of 1,2m; and a larger pool, with depths of about two meters.

The swimming pools are part of the "Swimming in Paris" project, presented for the first time by the City Council of The French Capital in June 2015, with the goal of "encouraging the practice of swimming for Parisians and Tourists." According to an official statement from the city government, the project aims to allow, by 2020, the "modernization of water parks and the creation of new swimming pools and areas for bathing."

Open Call: Paris Riverside Restaurant

19:30 - 22 August, 2017
Open Call: Paris Riverside Restaurant, Picture Credits: Archasm
Picture Credits: Archasm

Paris and the entire country of France is world-famous for its cuisine, with a non-exhaustive list of delicacies and culinary systems. The culinary reputation of Paris is very rich, cultured and diverse. French food culture, according to UNESCO, is important for 'bringing people together to enjoy the art of good eating and drinking' and the power to create 'togetherness, the pleasure of taste, and the balance between human beings and the products of nature'.

Sebastian Weiss Reveals The Public Personalities of French Landmarks in Paris, Nanterre and Arcueil

04:00 - 21 August, 2017
© Sebastian Weiss
© Sebastian Weiss

For Hamburg-based photographer Sebastian Weiss, buildings are dramatis personae, or "characters". Inspired by Ash Amin and Stephen Graham's 1997 book The Ordinary City, in which the authors described the city as the "theater of life", this photo-essay of architectural landmarks in the French cities of Arcueil, Nanterre, and Paris examines the personalities of public buildings.

© Sebastian Weiss © Sebastian Weiss © Sebastian Weiss © Sebastian Weiss + 13

Studio Gang and nAOM Selected as Finalists to Redesign Paris’ Tour Montparnasse

14:20 - 17 August, 2017
Studio Gang and nAOM Selected as Finalists to Redesign Paris’ Tour Montparnasse, © Flickr user <a href='http://https://www.flickr.com/photos/chagiajose/2472909152/in/photolist-4LwiJG-TXcy2i-apaprx-nUefbb-dYZTk9-Uw3d5J-Egtc8u-sg1RU-hQUSkJ-8cS5Nx-7hcDwH-RND2eC-4t3s4X-dBV7pi-S3RSGn-cyjo71-sdwZYf-7bW6FG-zxBK7-5S2idP-mRUh4D-k5uJ16-sg1rV-MzfmA-sg3am-sg32Z-o77Vfu-btdtEs-pnAFrK-cx4smS-4yB5xs-k5vwfR-f9B5w6-8LnVbt-7Hh8Kn-SDm6c4-28F9us-fq1ohj-RoNfd7-f9DGvn-rc25NB-34drg4-34i1eU-UemyC2-mZu7JC-8vGir1-cFwZTm-jmLLVe-8JwF6h-7PtiSn'>chagiajose</a>. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
© Flickr user chagiajose. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Studio Gang and nAOM (Franklin Azzi Architecture / Chartier Dalix / Hardel-Lebihan Architectes) have been selected as the two finalist teams competing for the redesign of Paris’ infamous Tour Montparnasse, beating out a star-studded shortlist that included OMA, MAD Architects (China) + DGLA (France), Architecture Studio, Dominique Perrault Architecture, and PLP Architecture.

 The competition asked teams to submit a vision for the tower that “not only creates a powerful, dynamic and bold new identity for the Tour Montparnasse but also addresses all the challenges involved in terms of user accessibility, comfort and energy performance.”

9 of the World's Most Intrusive Buildings

09:30 - 14 August, 2017
9 of the World's Most Intrusive Buildings, © EMP|SFM <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aerial_view_of_EMPSFM.jpg'>via Wikimedia</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a>
© EMP|SFM via Wikimedia licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

In 2017, many of the world's cities have become potpourri time capsules of architecture. We live in an eclectic era in which a 19th-century industrial loft, post-war townhouse, and brand new high rise condominium are all comparably desirable properties. This increasingly varied urban landscape—and the appetite for variety of the people who live there—makes it more difficult than ever for new architecture to grab the public's attention.

To combat this, architects often attempt to produce an "iconic" work: a building whose design is so so striking that it attracts even a layperson's focus. Sometimes this ambition pays off as timeless, and sometimes it irreversibly pock-marks the skyline. What follows is a collection of attention grabbing structures. Will they be remembered as eccentric landmarks or glaring eyesores? You decide.

Yona Friedman's "People's Architecture" Inhabits Space Using Hula Hoops

08:00 - 11 August, 2017
Yona Friedman's "People's Architecture" Inhabits Space Using Hula Hoops, Courtesy of Yona Friedman
Courtesy of Yona Friedman

Architect and theorist Yona Friedman has brought his playful “People’s Architecture” installations to Rome’s MAXXI Museum, Paris’s Les Halles and Denmark where they were recently assembled in a workshop at the Danish Association for Architects. Built using plastic hula hoops, each installation is assembled spontaneously, creating new variations of space with each turn. Says Friedman: “Architecture for people proposes a variant of the original “Ville Spatial.” It is based on a structure easy to modify, a structure not necessarily raised over ground level, keeping that option open if wanted.”

Courtesy of Yona Friedman Courtesy of Yona Friedman Courtesy of Yona Friedman Courtesy of Yona Friedman + 8

AD Classics: Paris Métro Entrance / Hector Guimard

04:00 - 10 August, 2017
A typical station entrance in the Paris Métro. ImageVia <a href=“https://pixabay.com/”>Pixabay</a> licensed under <a href=“https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/deed.en“>CC0 1.0 (Public Domain)</a>
A typical station entrance in the Paris Métro. ImageVia Pixabay licensed under CC0 1.0 (Public Domain)

Scattered throughout the streets of Paris, the elegant Art Nouveau entrances to the Métropolitain (Métro) subway system stand as a collective monument to the city’s Belle Époque of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. With their sinuous ironwork patterned after stylized plants, the Métro entrances now count among the most celebrated architectural emblems of the city; however, due to the city’s wariness in the face of industrialization and architect Hector Guimard’s decision to utilize a then-novel architectural aesthetic, it would take decades before the entrances would earn the illustrious reputation that they now enjoy.

During the first construction phases, tracks were dug just below street level. Via <a href=“https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Paris_Metro_construction_03300288-3.jpg”>National Library of France</a> licensed under Public Domain. Image Courtesy of National Library of France Replica Métro Station entrance in Chicago, USA © <a href=“https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2012-07-21_7000x4912_chicago_art_nouveau_metra.jpg”>Wikimedia Commons user J. Crocker</a> (2012) licensed under Public Domain. Image Courtesy of J. Crocker Place du Bastille (Carte postale ancienne éditée par les Magasins Réunis). © <a href=“https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Magasins_R%C3%A9unis_171_-_PARIS_-_Station_du_M%C3%A9tropolitain_-_Place_de_la_Bastille.JPG”>Claude_Villetaneuse</a> (1908) licensed under Public Domain. Image Courtesy of Claude Villetaneuse Place du Bastille (Carte postale ancienne éditée par les Magasins Réunis). © <a href=“https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Magasins_R%C3%A9unis_171_-_PARIS_-_Station_du_M%C3%A9tropolitain_-_Place_de_la_Bastille.JPG”>Claude_Villetaneuse</a> (1908) licensed under Public Domain. Image Courtesy of Claude Villetaneuse + 10

Open Call: Paris Riverside Restaurant

12:00 - 29 July, 2017
Open Call: Paris Riverside Restaurant, courtesy: archasm
courtesy: archasm

Paris and the entire country of France is world-famous for its cuisine, with a non-exhaustive list of delicacies and culinary systems. The culinary reputation of Paris is very rich, cultured and diverse. French food culture, according to UNESCO, is important for 'bringing people together to enjoy the art of good eating and drinking' and the power to create 'togetherness, the pleasure of taste, and the balance between human beings and the products of nature'.

Catacombs of Paris Entrance / YOONSEUXarchitectes

13:00 - 21 July, 2017
Catacombs of Paris Entrance / YOONSEUXarchitectes, © Pierre L'Excellent
© Pierre L'Excellent

© Pierre L'Excellent © Pierre L'Excellent © Pierre L'Excellent © Pierre L'Excellent + 26

SO-IL + laisné roussel Win Competition for Innovative Riverfront Development in Paris

12:00 - 19 July, 2017
SO-IL + laisné roussel Win Competition for Innovative Riverfront Development in Paris, Aerial view from the Pont d’Austerlitz. In the foreground, the housing building and temporary pavilion. Image © SO – IL and laisné roussel (Weiss Images)
Aerial view from the Pont d’Austerlitz. In the foreground, the housing building and temporary pavilion. Image © SO – IL and laisné roussel (Weiss Images)

SO-IL and Laisné Roussel architects have been selected as the winners of an international competition to design a new masterplan for Place Mazas in Paris. Titled L’Atelier de l’Arsenal, the proposal seeks to integrate the historic fabric of the site into a new, flexible urban strategy organized around a variety of new buildings and public spaces. 

Aerial view from the Pont d’Austerlitz. In the foreground, the housing building and temporary pavilion. Image © SO – IL and laisné roussel (Weiss Images) View of the subway plaza from the Quai de la Rapée. On the left, the residential building, on the right, the temporary pavilion. Image © SO – IL and laisné roussel (Weiss Images) View from the Arsenal Basin. In the foreground, the public plaza overlooking the swimming pool. Image © SO – IL and laisné roussel (Weiss Images) Axonometric view from the  Arsenal Basin. Image © SO – IL and laisné roussel + 4

Paris and Los Angeles Selected as 2024 and 2028 Olympic Hosts

17:25 - 11 July, 2017
Paris and Los Angeles Selected as 2024 and 2028 Olympic Hosts, Paris 2024, LA 2024
Paris 2024, LA 2024

Paris and Los Angeles will become the next Olympic host cities, after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted unanimously to approve a plan simultaneously awarding the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games to the competing cities.

Which city will host each year, however, is still on the table – the two bid cities and the IOC will have until a September 13 conference in Lima to reach an agreement. If they cannot agree, solely the 2024 Olympics will be awarded, though this outcome seems unlikely after recent collaborations by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

Eiffel Tower. Image via Paris 2024 Grand Palais - Fencing and Taekwondo. Image via Paris 2024 Main Stadium - Future home of the NFL's LA Rams. Image Courtesy of LA 2024 Downtown Sports Park - LA Football Club - Soccer. Image Courtesy of LA 2024 + 9

Loft L / jbmn architectes

15:00 - 10 July, 2017
Loft L / jbmn architectes, © Hermann Wendler
© Hermann Wendler

© Hermann Wendler © Hermann Wendler © Hermann Wendler © Hermann Wendler + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Paris, France
  • Lead Architects

    Julien Boitard, Mike Nikaes
  • Area

    80.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Pigalle Duperré / Ill-Studio

05:00 - 5 July, 2017
Pigalle Duperré / Ill-Studio, © Sebastien Michelini
© Sebastien Michelini

© Sebastien Michelini © Sebastien Michelini © Sebastien Michelini © Sebastien Michelini + 14

Porte Marguerite de Navarre / 169 architecture

15:00 - 29 June, 2017
Porte Marguerite de Navarre / 169 architecture, © Pierre L'Excellent
© Pierre L'Excellent

© Pierre L'Excellent © Pierre L'Excellent © Pierre L'Excellent © Pierre L'Excellent + 11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Paris, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Raphael Ménard, Guillaume Meunier, Adrien Escoffier
  • Area

    320.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs