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: , 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: Paris,
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: , France
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: , France
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.

The Masséna Competition Entry / Harmonic + Masson Architects and Comte Vollenweider Architects

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Designed by, the proposal by Harmonic + Masson Architects and Comte Vollenweider Architects for The Masséna is emblematic of the new Left Bank, which has spread along the Seine in . Created to be symbolic move, the Left Bank has always been the public face of , but it is now expressing that in height terms. The first and only 50-metre projects in for many years are both being built in the same part of the city. Height is staking a claim as a possible planning tool in a “new” urban environment – and at the same time marking out new city limits. More images and architects’ description after the break.

M9-C Building / BP Architectures

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Architects: BP Architectures
Location: , France
Design Team: Jean Bocabeille, Ignacio Prego
Budget: € 25,670,000
Area: 9,845 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of BP Architectures, Sergio Grazia, Luc Boegly

RIBA awards architecturespossibles with 2012 Manser Medal

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Maison L, the dramatic addition that transformed an 18th century orangery into an innovative contemporary house on the outskirts of , has been awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects’ () 2012 Manser Medal for best newly designed private house. The major restoration and extension was designed by christian pottgiesser architecturespossibles (CPAP), a well-published practiced based in Paris whose portfolio ranges from small private homes to large scale urban design. The French home was selected over four other impressive residences, seen here on the 2012 Manser Medal shortlist.

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100 years under the Dome : 1912-2012

Festival de la mode, David Lachapelle, 1999 © Archives Galeries Lafayette

Beginning on October 16th, 2012, Galeries Lafayette in , France, will be celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Dome designed by architect Ferdinand Chanut and glass artist Jacques Gruber in 1912.  100 years under the Dome will be held at the flagship store of the boulevard Haussmann, a true Parisian symbol.  In addition, the gallery will launch an exhibition called 1912-2012. Chronicles of a Creative Itinerary by architect Rem Koolhaas and his studio OMA, along with a collaboration called Chrysalide between visual artist Yann Kersalé and Djuric Tardio – Architectes.

Join us after the break for more stunning images for the anticipated celebration.

Basket Apartments in Paris / OFIS architects

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Architects: OFIS architects
Location: , France
Design Team: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Robert Janez, Janez Martincic, Andrej Gregoric, Janja del Linz, Louis Geiswiller, Hyunggyu Kim, Chaewan Shin, Jaehyun Kim, Erin Durno, Javier Carrera, Giuliana Fimmano, Jolien Maes, Lin Wei
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Tomaz Gregoric

Social Housing in Paris / Bigoni Mortemard Architects

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Architects: Bigoni Mortemard Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Joachim Bakary
Design Team: Stéphane Bigoni, Antoine Mortemard
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Bigoni Mortemard Architects

Refurbishment of the First Cinema for Art House Film: Studio des Ursulines / h2o Architectes

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The initiative by h2o Architectes for the renovation of the first cinema for art house film follows the tradition of innovation and evolution that have been a part of this establishment’s history. The main project for the Studio des Ursulines in was concentrated on the lobby, as the existing theatre has been simply refurbished. Founded in 1925, by the actors Armand Tallier and Laurence Myrga, this theater continues it’s tradition today by catering to the younger Parisian public by providing a locale to discover cinema in it’s many facets. The small theater offers selective programming as well as the opportunity to meet those who make films. More images and architects’ description after the break.

New Department of Islamic Art Opens Tomorrow at the Louvre

Department of Islamic Arts at © Raffaele Cipolletta. Courtesy Mario Bellini Architect(s)

Twenty-four years after the inauguration of I.M. Pei’s glass pyramid, the Musée du Louvre will introduce its second piece of contemporary architecture to the public, tomorrow, on September 22.

The new Department of Islamic Arts is designed by Milanese architect Mario Bellini and his French colleague Rudy Ricciotti, who won the commission through an international competition in 2005. Similar to I.M. Pei, the pair created a naturally lit, subterranean gallery space beneath an undulating, roof within the courtyard of the historic Cour Visconti. Continue after the break to learn more.