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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

Tadao Ando to Design Art Museum Inside Historic Domed Structure in Paris

16:15 - 28 June, 2017
Tadao Ando to Design Art Museum Inside Historic Domed Structure in Paris, Courtesy of Collection Pinault Paris
Courtesy of Collection Pinault Paris

Renowned art collector François Pinault has revealed plans for a “completely circular museum” that will be located within a 19th century, domed structure that once housed the Parisian Stock Exchange. To accomplish this, Pinault has enlisted the services of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, whose design calls for the construction of a giant concrete cylinder located directly below the building’s soaring rotunda.

Courtesy of Collection Pinault Paris Courtesy of Collection Pinault Paris Courtesy of Collection Pinault Paris Courtesy of Collection Pinault Paris +5

LET’s RIDE Lafayette / DAS-studio

02:00 - 24 June, 2017
LET’s RIDE Lafayette / DAS-studio, Courtesy of DAS-studio
Courtesy of DAS-studio

Courtesy of DAS-studio Courtesy of DAS-studio Courtesy of DAS-studio Courtesy of DAS-studio +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    24 Rue Chauchat, 75009 Paris, France
  • Lead Architects

    Felix de Montesquiou, Alexandre Goinard, François Cattoni
  • Area

    260.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017

Whisky Bar / jbmn architectes

02:00 - 23 June, 2017
Whisky Bar / jbmn architectes, © Yann Deret
© Yann Deret

© Yann Deret © Yann Deret © Yann Deret © Yann Deret +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Paris, France
  • Lead Architects

    Julien Boitard, Mike Nikaes
  • Collaborators

    Antonio Orfino, Marie Delles, Rémi Mendes, Médéric Morel
  • Area

    210.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Be Open / Atelier d’Architecture Brenac-Gonzalez

02:00 - 12 June, 2017
Be Open / Atelier d’Architecture Brenac-Gonzalez, © Ştefan Tuchilă
© Ştefan Tuchilă

© Ştefan Tuchilă  © Ştefan Tuchilă  © Sergio Grazia     © Ştefan Tuchilă  +47

13 Buildings That Have Aged Magnificently

09:30 - 5 June, 2017
13 Buildings That Have Aged Magnificently

Humanity always cherishes great works of art that stand the test of time. This June, for example, marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ psychedelic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the 20th anniversary of Radiohead’s dystopian Ok Computer. These psychologically satisfying birthdays have generated serious appreciation and nostalgia. Similarly, we also love to praise the longevity of innovative architecture. The AIA bestows an annual “Twenty-five Year Award” to acknowledge projects that have "stood the test of time” and “exemplify design of enduring significance.” But one project a year seems stingy. Below are 15 modern classics which, though not always given the easiest start in life, we’ve come to adore:

© <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/leandrociuffo/3665886505'>Flickr user Leandro Neumann Ciuffo</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en'>CC BY 2.0</a> © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/aseles/6149740236'>Flickr user Andrew Seles</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/'>CC BY-ND 2.0</a> © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/g_firkser/6233067891'>Flickr user Gavin Firkser</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en'>CC BY 2.0</a> © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bank-of-china_clean-img-sma.jpg'>Wikimedia user LERA Engineering</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> +14

Photographed: Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines' Solar-Powered Seine Musicale

08:00 - 5 June, 2017
© Luc Boegly & Sergio Grazia
© Luc Boegly & Sergio Grazia

Photographer duo Luc Boegly & Sergio Grazia have released a new photo series capturing the Seine Musicale, which recently opened its doors. Designed as a partnership itself between architects Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines, the mixed-use music and cultural center is located in Paris’ western Boulogne-Billancourt suburb. The project is the latest feature in the site’s Island Master Plan designed by Jean Nouvel. Features include a multi-purpose concert hall seating 4,000, a classical music call seating 1,150, rehearsal and recording rooms and an outdoor park area for visitors and practicing musicians. 

© Luc Boegly & Sergio Grazia © Luc Boegly & Sergio Grazia © Luc Boegly & Sergio Grazia © Luc Boegly & Sergio Grazia +54

This Project Explores the Ottoman Miniature as a Form of Architectural Representation

04:00 - 24 May, 2017
This Project Explores the Ottoman Miniature as a Form of Architectural Representation, Fishmarket. Image © Deniz Basman, Louis Mounis
Fishmarket. Image © Deniz Basman, Louis Mounis

Over the following weeks we will be sharing a selection of unrealized student projects, alongside realized schemes by practices who explore representational techniques, in collaboration with KooZA/rchThe aim is "to explore the role of the architectural drawing as a tool for communication" and, in the process, provoke a conversation about the contemporary use, format, and role of drawing.

Greenhouse. Image © Deniz Basman, Louis Mounis Winery. Image © Deniz Basman, Louis Mounis Winery. Image © Deniz Basman, Louis Mounis Art Storage. Image © Deniz Basman, Louis Mounis +9