Université Paris Diderot / Lacoudre Architectures

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Architects: Lacoudre Architectures
Location: ,
Design Team: Anne Since, Christian Koch, Anne Derian, Camille Thirouin, Michel Tan, Pauline Ferraeira
Area: 15,300 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Nicolas Borel, 11h45

BIG Wins Europa City Development in Paris

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Danish architecture firm, BIG - led by Bjarke Ingels – has been announced as the winner of an international invited competition for the design of Europa City,  a 800,000 square meter cultural, recreational and retail development in Triangle de Gonesse, France.  Combining city development with an open landscape, Europa City creates a dynamic center of activity for visitors and residents, appealing to the variety of functions of city life.  Europa City is situated along the route from Charles de Gaule Airport to and has a wide range of programs that is part of a larger initiative to attract international tourism into the northern parts of .

More on the project after the break…

AD Classics: Swiss Pavilion / Le Corbusier

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In 1930, was tasked with designing a dormitory that would house Swiss students at the Cité Internationale Universitaire in . At first the architect and Pierre Jeanneret, his partner at the time, refused to take on the project due to tensions with the Swiss after their handling of the architects’ proposal for the League of Nations competition. Eventually, however, they agreed to see it through and worked on a very limited budget, which led the building to become a summation of ’s modern principles, forcing him to focus on dwelling before all else.

‘Panta Rhei’ Exhibition / Mateo Arquitectura

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On view until this Saturday, April 13th, at the Galerie d’Architecture in , the ‘Panta Rhei’ exhibition by Josep Lluís Mateo of Mateo Arquitectura is a tour through time: the past, present and future of the practice’s work. Highlighting projects, materials and moments that tend to be concealed from view, their ‘everything flows’ themed exhibit forms part of the agency’s praxis. Mateo displays how the present leads us to the future, and projects that are already being transported to reality. Also, the present of that which is clearly finished, and a trace of the past that has brought us to this point. An exhibition allows us to salvage, for a moment, materials produced in different contexts, to support ideas, explain stories or understand a world. For more information, please visit here. More images of the exhibition can be viewed after the break.

Video: Basket Apartments / OFIS architects

Located on a long and very narrow site, on the edge of Parc La Vilette in ’s 19th district, the major objective of the Basket Apartments was to provide students with a healthy environment for studying, learning and meeting. Designed by OFIS architects, their video gives viewers a look at the surrounding urban context, including the new Paris tram route passing along the site. The open corridor, gallery, and studio spaces are all illustrated here as the film takes you through a typical experience by its users.

The extension of the Montreuil Polytechnic / Ateliers 2_3_4_

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Architects: Ateliers 2/3/4/
Location: , France
Architect In Charge: Olivier Arene, Jean-François Patte, Emilie Sopena
Design Team: Elie Marçais, Hélène Arligui, Olivia Medot, Nicolas Guillaume, Fabrizio Glorioso, Guilio Tarquini, Tae Hyung Kim
Area: 4,400 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Juan Sepulveda, Nicolas Fussler

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: , France
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, 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 exhibition curator, Françoise Moiroux, explores the urban, political and social elements of vertical 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 Corbusier’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 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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, Paris’ major business district, is about to undergo a transformation with the help of Paris architecture firm AWP. 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: Paris,
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 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.