Electric / Mathieu Lehanneur

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Architects: Mathieu Lehanneur
Location: Porte de Versailles, 75015, , France
Collaborating Architect: Ana Moussinet
Associated Authors: John Michael Ramirez and Romain Dian (Régine, Schmuck and Hippodrome de Longchamp)
Client: Viparis
Area: 1380.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Felipe Ribon

Aires Mateus Architectes Lecture

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Aires Mateus Architectes will be delivering a lecture on March 28th at 7:00pm at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal. Manuel Aires Mateus will be presenting one of their well-known projects, the Alcacer do Sal Residence, located in Alcacer do Sal, Portugal. Based on an attentive reading of the life of a very specific kind of community, this beautiful project is a sort of micro-society designed with its own rules. The reduct mobility of those who will live in the building suggests that any displacement should be an emotive and variable experience. For more information, please visit here.

New Accommodation Facility for Alzheimer’s / Philippon-Kalt

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Architects: Philippon-Kalt
Location: Paris,
Area: 4,300 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hervé Abbadie, Grégoire Kalt, Luc Boegly

Hypernuit Offices / h2o architectes

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Architects: h2o architectes
Location: 72 Rue Clignancourt, Paris 18th,
Area: 65.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Julien Attard

Olympiades District in Paris Exhibition

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Going on now until March 31, the Olympiades, Paris exhibition at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal revisits the Olympiades district and its half century past rich in architectural thought, controversy, citizen debates and engagement at the heart of the city of in general and the 13th arrondissement in particular. About 40 years after the construction of the first buildings, the historian and curator, Françoise Moiroux, explores the urban, political and social elements of vertical urban planning and platform architecture through the prism of the Olympiades area. More information after the break.

Rebière 21 housing / Hondelatte Laporte Architectes

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Architects: Hondelatte Laporte Architectes
Location: ,
Project Manager: Charlotte Fagart
Project Team: Pierre Aubertin
General Contractor: Léon Grosse
Area: 1445.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ronan Lacroix

Cardinet Quintessence / Périphériques architectes

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Architects: Périphériques architectes
Location: 155 rue Cardinet , 75017 ,
Project Management: Anne-Françoise Jumeau, Emmanuelle Marin, David Trottin
Project Directors: Anne Clerget, Claire Oiry, S. Razafindralambo, J.L Anthonioz, E. Mares, V. Nodale, G. Plasson , J. sturari, F. Coquin, A. Thierry
Client: Nexity seeri
Area: 6115.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sergio Grazia

AD Classics: Maison du Bresil / Le Corbusier

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Created as a microcosm of Brazilian life and culture, Maison du Bresil is a significant example of Le ’s high-density residential design. Inaugurated in 1959, it is one of twenty-three international residences at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, located in the heart of Paris. As the “House of Brazil”, the building acts as both a residence hall for Brazilian academics, students, teachers, and artists, and as a hub for Brazilian culture, by providing exhibition spaces and archival resources. Notably, the building has provided residence to famous Brazilians, such as the renowned journalist Barroso Zózimo do Amaral.

AWP to announce masterplan for La Défense

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La Défense, Paris’ major business district, is about to undergo a transformation with the help of Paris architecture firm AWP. ’s plan was presented to government agencies EPADESA and DEFACTO as well as local communities in November 2012, but will be released to the public for the first time in March. The proposed plan not only updates and adds to the current site: it rethinks and reevaluates what already exists.

More on AWP’s master plan for Le Défense after the break.

Thermopyles / SOA Architectes

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Architects: SOA Architectes
Location: , France
Team: SOA (architect), Laumond-Faure (BET TCE), Orféa (acoustics)
Contractor: LTHS
Client: Paris Habitat
Area: 1,820 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Cyrille Weiner

Video: Paris in Motion / Mayeul Akpovi

Mayeul Akpovi shared with us a time lapse video he made, which goes through a sequence of experiences and places, highlighting the day and night life of the big city. ‘ in Motion’ includes about 3500 photos as he successfully creates a video, accompanied by music, which draws you in and fast forwards through time.

The Lodge School Ricaut XIII / Metek Architecture

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Located in a residential street, near the lively neighborhood of Place d’Italie, the new lodge of the School Ricaut displays its large yellow cube, which replaces the old entrance, refining the main access point and offering a work space that is simultaneously visible and independent of the adjoining staff accommodation. Designed by Metek Architecture, the yellow module of the new lodge fits into the openings of the building, just like the toy building blocks used by children. Prefabricated with a light wood frame, the lodge is conceived as a piece of urban furniture. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Sloping House / Atelier 37.2

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Architects: Atelier 37.2
Location: , France
Collaborators: Anna Checchi, Christophe Bernard
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier 37.2

Etoile Lilas Cinema / Hardel et Le Bihan Architectes

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Architects: Hardel et Le Bihan Architectes
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Magali Lamoureux
Area: 5,527 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Vincent Fillon

Films & Architecture: “Paris, I Love You”


This week’s film isn’t actually a movie in itself, but rather a lot of little films merged into one: “, I Love You”. Twenty shorts, each representing the 20 arrondissements – districts – of were filmed to show the French capital in its multiple identities (in the end, only eighteen made the cut). The work is an interesting attempt to use film to represent the many facets of a metropolitan urban area; it is also an exploration of the different ways we can see a city, depending on our perceptions and experiences within it.

Have you ever walked through Parisian streets? Does “Paris I Love You” capture your experiences of Paris’ districts? Let us know in the comments below.

Kaufman & Broad Office Building Winning Proposal / Studioninedots

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Studioninedots, in collaboration with Atelier 115 Architectes, recently won the limited competition for the design of a 9200m2 office building for Kaufman & Broad in . Their highly legible, iconic office building, called Ya, holds its own among the high-rise structures on the park-side of Avenue Pierre Lefaucheux. The application of horizontal articulation also connects the project to the more small-scale residential developments in the vicinity. More images and architects’ description after the break.

OP13 / PHD Architectes

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Architects: Philippe Dubus Architectes
Location: ,
Client: Paris Habitat
Area: 4,697 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Simon Deprez, Michel Denancé

Water at-traction / bureau faceB

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French practice bureau faceB has redefined the pedestrian bridge with their winning design concept that allows residents to “flirt with the water” as they traverse across an intentionally unstable bridge. Dubbed “Water at-traction”, the atypical bridge embraces the potential of traction as it’s steel cables stretch across the Seine in and reconnects the city to the water.

Learn more after the break.