Le Carré en Seine / PietriArchitectes

© Thierry Favatier

Architects: PietriArchitectes
Location: Seine River,
Area: 15,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Thierry Favatier, Vincent Fillon

The Carreau du Temple / studioMilou architecture

© Fernando Javier Urquijo

Architects: studioMilou architecture
Location: 4 Rue Eugène Spuller, , France
Architect In Charge: Jean François Milou
Area: 9,045 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Javier Urquijo

The Opera Garnier Restaurant / Studio Odile Decq

© Odile Decq – Roland Halbe

Architects: Studio Odile Decq
Location: 8 Rue Scribe, , France
Project Responsible: Peter Baalman
Area: 1,100 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Odile Decq – Roland Halbe

Tower Apartment / Agence SML

© Hervé Abbadie

Architects: Agence SML
Location: 7th arrondissement of , , France
Design Team: Marc Sirvin, Clemence Eliard
Area: 25.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Hervé Abbadie

Ourcq Jaures Student & Social Housing / Lacaton & Vassal

© Philippe Ruault

Architects: Lacaton & Vassal
Location: 19th arrondissement of , ,
Architect In Charge: Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal
Project Manager: Gaetan Redelsperger
Area: 5740.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

Music Conservatory in Paris’ 17th Arrondissement / Basalt Architects

© Sergio Grazia

Architects: Basalt Architects
Location: ,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sergio Grazia

VIDEO: Jean Nouvel on Arabic Architecture, Context and Culture

In this powerful interview, Jean Nouvel explains his relationship to Arabic architecture. Discussing his various projects in Arabic countries – such as his office tower in Doha or the Louvre Abu Dhabi - Nouvel discusses how he is influenced by and integrates the abstraction and geometry of traditional Islamic architecture into his modern designs. He also espouses a strong opinion on the understanding of context in architecture, saying: “I’m a contextual architect, but for me the context isn’t only the site. It’s above all a wider historical context – a cultural context… each time, building is trying to continue a history, and to take part in this history.” His architecture, he says, is about listening: “The architect is not meant to impose his own values or his own sensitivities on such general plans.” Video via Louisiana.

Maison de la Batellerie / Jean-Baptiste Lacoudre Architecture

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Architects: Jean-Baptiste Lacoudre Architecture
Location: Centre Port-Royal René Cassin, 17 Rue Saint-Hippolyte, 75000 , France
Area: 2535.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Jean-Baptiste Lacoudre Architecture, Lucien Hérve

A Proposal to Turn Paris’ Unused Metro Stations Into Parks, Pools, and More

’ Arsenal Station as an underground park. Image Courtesy of Manal Rachdi, OXO Architects & Nicolas Laisné, via IBT

We architects know full well the power of renderings to capture the imagination. Apparently – so too do politicians. Capitalizing on the popularity of projects around the world (a trend instigated by the success of New York’s High Line), French politician Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet has made converting Paris’ unused “ghost stations” a major part of her platform, promising that these projects will come to pass should she be elected mayor.

The renderings, by Manal Rachdi OXO Architects and Nicolas Laisné Associés, show the Arsenal station (unused since 1939) alternately as a swimming pool, a green park, restaurant, disco, or theater. As there are in fact 16 disused metro stations in Paris, the idea behind these renderings is to instigate debate among practitioners as to how these spaces could best serve the city. See all the renderings, after the break.

Dauphin / Felix de Montesquiou

© Samuel Lehuédé

Architects:
Location: 103 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 , France
Client : Maison Dauphin
Year: 2013
Photographs: Samuel Lehuédé

Monde & Medias / TVK – Trévelo & Viger-Kohler + NP2F

© Clément Guillaume

Architects: TVK – Trévelo & Viger-Kohler, NP2F
Location: Place de la République, ,
Design Team: Pierre-Alain Trévelo, Antoine Viger-Kohler , Victor Francisco, Vincent Hertenberger, Agathe Lavielle
Area: 162.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Clément Guillaume, Antoine Espinasseau

Day-Care And Young Workers Hostel / Chartier Dalix Architectes + Avenier Cornejo Architectes

© David Foessel

Architects: Chartier Dalix Architectes + Avenier Cornejo Architectes
Location: Paris,
Year: 2013
Photographs: David Foessel, Luc Boegly, Samuel Lehuède

Grenelle, 35 Logements / Peripheriques Architectes

© Sergio Grazia

Architects: Peripheriques Architectes
Location: , France
Architect In Charge: Anne-Françoise Jumeau, Emmanuelle Marin, David Trottin
Area: 2,800 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sergio Grazia, Peripheriques Architectes

Marie Paradis Gymnasium / Explorations Architecture, Igrec Ingénierie

© Michel Denancé

Architects: Explorations Architecture , Igrec Ingénierie
Location: Paris,
Architect In Charge: Marie Ferrari
Cost: 5m €
Area: 1950.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Michel Denancé

Pajol Sports Centre / Brisac Gonzalez

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Architects: Brisac Gonzalez
Location: Paris,
Area: 4060.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Brisac Gonzalez

School Group and Student Housing / Atelier Phileas

© Sergio Grazia

Architects: Atelier Phileas
Location: 17th arrondissement of , ,
Landscape: Sempervirens
General Contractor: DUMEZ Île-de-France
Developer: RIVP – ZAC Cardinet Chalabre
Area: 9064.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sergio Grazia

Tete in L’air / KOZ Architectes

© Cécile Septet

Architects: KOZ Architectes
Location: 94 Rue Philippe de Girard, 75018 ,
Area: 2102.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Cécile Septet

LEGO® Architecture Landmark Series: The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower. Image © ® Architecture

LEGO® has announced the architecture series’ newest addition: The Eiffel Tower (La tour Eiffel). Named after its engineer, Gustave Eiffel, the famous lattice structure is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. Built on the Champ de Mars in , France, to serve as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair, The Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure in the world until 1930, and remains the tallest structure in . More than 5,000 detailed drawings were required to assemble the 1063-foot tower’s 18,038 iron parts, which took just over two years to complete.

The Eiffel Tower LEGO® Architecture replica will be available for purchase on January 1st, 2014. You can learn more about the structure and its history here.