23 Teams Selected to Reinvent the Future of Paris

14:06 - 8 February, 2016
Hotel particulier (5e) by Perrot & Richard Architects. Image Courtesy of réinventer.paris
Hotel particulier (5e) by Perrot & Richard Architects. Image Courtesy of réinventer.paris

Réinventer.paris has announced the 23 winners chosen to develop architectural projects in Paris, including designs by Sou Fujimoto, David Chipperfield, and DGT ArchitectsRéinventer.paris is an urban initiative launched to give designers the power to rethink and reshape the way that Parisians live, work, and play. Located on various sites chosen by Mayor Anne Hidalgo, each project successfully creates a sense of liveliness and embodies what the future of Paris might be. The call for submissions was answered with ideas about innovation, cutting edge-solutions to environmental problems, and intelligent design.

25 rue Michel le Comte Social Housing / Atelier du Pont

03:00 - 8 February, 2016
© Frédéric Delangle
© Frédéric Delangle

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Social Housing in Avenue de Saxe / ECDM

05:00 - 5 February, 2016
© Benoit Fougeirol
© Benoit Fougeirol

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Les Dada East / Joshua Florquin Architect

05:00 - 4 February, 2016
© Matteo Rossi
© Matteo Rossi

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SeARCH Wins Housing Block Competition in Paris

16:00 - 3 February, 2016
© SeARCH
© SeARCH

Amsterdam-based SeARCH has won a competition in collaboration with Atelier Phileas and LA architectures to design a housing block in the new Paris Rive Gauche district. With each practice focused on one building, the project resulted in the combining of three interconnected high-rises united by a "green ribbon," "cut skyline" and a common expression of function projected onto the facades. Together, they offer 55 family apartments, 180 student flats, 75 middle income apartments, offices, a commercial area and underground public parking. 

Interview with Yona Friedman: “Imagine, Having Improvised Volumes ‘Floating’ In Space, Like Balloons”

09:30 - 27 January, 2016
© Yona Friedman
© Yona Friedman

At 92 years of age, for his entire career Yona Friedman has occupied an unusual spot within the architecture world; his signature concept, the Ville Spatiale which he first proposed in 1956, combines the top-down megastructural thinking visible in later projects such as Archigram's Plug-In City with a total freedom for occupants to design and build their own homes within the structure. In this installment of his “City of Ideas” column, Vladimir Belogolovsky interviews Friedman at his home in Paris to talk about the Ville Spatiale and his theories of mobile and improvised architecture.

This Video Reimagines Paris as a City that is All Facade

09:30 - 15 January, 2016

Museums, restaurants, shops, theaters. These are the types of spaces the public interact with on a regular basis in a city. But these spaces alone do not make a city - in fact, the vast majority of buildings house spaces that 99 percent of the population will never see. Yet a true city experience cannot exist without these buildings. What is the true value of private buildings to the tourist or the passer-by on the street? Is it simply a matter of aesthetic and identity? Could the same result be achieved with a streetwall made up of only facades? These are the implicit questions embedded in “Apparences,” the new video from Claire and Max of Menilmonde. The duo uses video editing and CGI to alter iconic Paris views, making the city of romance appear to be little more than the world’s largest movie set.

A city with the history and imagery of Paris cannot be mistaken for a Potemkin Village - the city functions still as one of the preeminent economic centers in the world. Yet its status as one of the world’s most visited cities and tales of its beauty and luxury often plant false visions of grandeur in visitors’ minds.

Ittyblox Unveils Collection of Miniature 3D-Printed Parisian Buildings

06:00 - 6 January, 2016

Netherlands-based Ittyblox has created yet another series of miniature 3D-printed buildings, this time featuring typical and iconic buildings and sites in Paris. Adding to their series of New York, London, and Chicago, among others, the new Parisian series follows suit as a 1:1000 scale model of customizable city blocks.

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Aluminium Tip / Babin+Renaud

03:00 - 28 December, 2015
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© Cécile Septet

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Tommaso Bernabò Silorata’s “Skyframe” Wins Super Skyscrapers Competition With its Dizzying Rooftop Pool

08:00 - 24 December, 2015
Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of Tommaso Bernabò Silorata
Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of Tommaso Bernabò Silorata

Winner of the annual Super Skyscrapers competition, Tommaso Bernabò Silorata’s “Skyframe” is a proposal for a skyscraper in Paris featuring a hotel, business areas and rooftop pool. Despite its status as one of the world’s fastest changing cities, Paris has severe restrictions on its skyline to preserve its existing landscape. Skyscrapers are discouraged in its urban core, an issue addressed in this year’s Super Skyscraper competition. The first place winner, Skyframe, creates a void between the two towers, framing the Parisian skyline, and creating an ethereal swimming experience for occupants on the roof-level pool.

The Circular Pavilion / Encore Heureux Architects

05:00 - 21 December, 2015
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© Cyrus Cornut

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Community Center Saint-Blaise / Bruno Rollet Architect

13:00 - 18 December, 2015
© Nicolas Borel
© Nicolas Borel
  • Architects

  • Location

    St Blaise, 75020 Paris, France
  • Architect

    Bruno Rollet
  • Architectural research assistant

    Adrien Cuny
  • Architectural site assistant

    Océane Schroeder
  • Area

    334.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Nicolas Borel

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Tomás Saraceno Unveils Air-Filled Sculptures at COP21 That Will Travel the World

14:00 - 12 December, 2015
Courtesy of Studio Tomas Saraceno
Courtesy of Studio Tomas Saraceno

As part of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris, Tomás Saraceno has revealed a sculptural installation, “Aerocene - Around the world to change the world," at the Grand Palais and Palais de Tokyo. The project features a series of air-filled sculptures that float without burning fossil fuels or using engines, solar panels or batteries.

Gallery: Philharmonie de Paris Photographed by Danica O. Kus

06:00 - 11 December, 2015
© Danica O. Kus
© Danica O. Kus

Opened in January 2015, the Philharmonie de Paris was designed by Jean Nouvel, though he later distanced himself from the project. The concert hall, a 2400 seat venue, seeks to "invent a model all its own," according to the Philharmonie de Paris website. It breaks from the pack of concert halls by mathematically creating a more intimate space -- "the distance between conductor and the farthest spectator is only 32 metres (compared to 48 metres at the Salle Pleyel for a smaller audience)." The architect worked with various acoustic experts to "develop a bold system of cantilevered balconies and floating clouds, combining envelopment, intimacy and spaciousness." Here we see the project as photographed by Danica O. Kus. Read on for the full set.

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Rive Seine / Tetrarc Architects

05:00 - 10 December, 2015
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© Stéphane Chalmeau

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Three Hundred Years Later, Enter Paris' Newly Restored Musée Rodin

06:00 - 25 November, 2015
© Hervé Abbadie
© Hervé Abbadie

After a meticulous multi-year restoration the Musée Rodin in Paris has reopened to the public. Dedicated exclusively to the work of Auguste Rodin, the state-owned museum has undergone a ground-up facelift designed to breathe new life into the ageing home of the artist's diverse body of work. Housed in an estate originally built in 1732 and open to the public since 1919, the comprehensive renovation has left no stone unturned, including a full structural and cosmetic overhaul. Project architect Richard Duplat was challenged to "recreate the atmosphere it must have had in Rodin’s day" while implementing current accessibility and safety standards, all with the goal to better represent Rodin's influential work. 

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Housing in Paris / Projectiles

13:00 - 18 November, 2015
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© Vincent Fillon

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Kengo Kuma Designs Sculptural Pavilion in Paris

06:00 - 10 November, 2015
© Stefan Tuchila
© Stefan Tuchila

Kengo Kuma & Associates has unveiled its latest project for the Galerie Philippe Gravier in Paris. Entitled Yure, a Japanese expression for a nomadic habitat moving in the wind, the project is made from identical wooden pieces, seeking to blur the lines between art and architecture with its organic structural geometry.

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