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, glass roof within the courtyard of the historic Cour Visconti. Continue after the break to learn more.

Jardin Serge Gainsbourg / Territoires

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Landscape Designer: Territoires
Location: Porte des Lilas, Paris,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nicolas Waltefaugle

Multi-Sport Complex in Antony / Archi5

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Architects: Archi5
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 3,989 sqm
Photographs: Thomas Jorio

France Ministry of Defense / ANMA

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Designed by ANMA to act as a natural machine, the new headquarters of the Ministry of Defense, located in southwestern , includes a health center, restaurants, media and sport centers as well as a crèche. This complex structure, designed around the strictest security requirements, is the largest public building to be built in France for 20 years. The structure aims to present an image of the armed forces, not only as a protective force, but a strong and stately force as well. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: Paris Vol. 5 / The Seventh Movement

Two friends, the photographers of The Seventh Movement, gave themselves one week to photograph as much of as possible. Unsure of where this would lead, the ambitious project turned out to be larger than they could ever imagine. After an intense week in and spending countless hours editing, organizing and re-editing thousands of photographs, they settled on this time-lapse production – a synthesis of their best work. It is a bit long, but well worth the watch.

10 Dwellings in Paris / Bourbouze & Graindorge

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Architects: Bourbouze & Graindorge
Location: 18th arrondissement of , , France
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Philippe Ruault, David Boureau

“Le Cinq” Office Tower / Neutelings Riedijk Architects

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Neutelings Riedijk Architects has made a design for a 180 m high office tower, ‘Le Cinq’ in , commissioned by Brussels developer Buelens NV as one out of four teams for the international competition organized by the City of . The new skyscraper serves as the focal point for the east of in the new urban development of the XIIIth arrondissement, near to the Grande Bibliothèque. The tower consists of a stacking of five separate volumes of six stories each, cantilevered from two vertical cores with open space between the volumes. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Maison Escalier / Moussafir Architectes Associés

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Architects: Moussafir Architectes Associés
Location: 22 Rue Jacob, 75006 , France
Architect In Charge: Jacques Moussafir with Alexis Duquennoy
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Hervé Abbadie

Palais de Tokyo Expansion / Lacaton & Vassal

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Opened in 1937, the Palais de Tokyo has suffered from decades of neglect and subsequent deterioration. Housing modern art in its early stages of life, it soon was relegated to the sidelines upon completion of the Centre Pompidou in late 70’s, which took over the role of hosting modern art exhibitions. Sitting dormant and unused for latter part of the 20th century, it has since been reinvigorated by architects Lacaton & Vassal, opening back up to the public in 2002. The stripped down structure that exposes and embraces raw materials has recently received a new expansion by the architects who breathed new life into it. More details after the break.

AD Classics: Maison de Verre / Pierre Chareau + Bernard Bijvoet

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Designed by and , the Maison de Verre translated as “House of Glass,” is a milestone in early modern architectural design. Built in 1932, the house uses various industrial and mechanical fixtures juxtaposed with a traditional style of home furnishings all under the transparency and lightness of the façade. More after the break.

Primary School & Nursery in the “Claude Bernard” ZAC / Atelier d’Architecture Brenac-Gonzalez

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Architects: Atelier d’Architecture Brenac Gonzalez
Location: Quai du Lot, 75019 ,
Project Year: 2007-2012
Photographs: Sergio Grazia

Flashback: Tower Flower / Edouard François

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Architects: Edouard François
Location: 
Project Area: 2,600 sqm
Project Year: 2004
Photographs: Courtesy of Edouard François

Cräche rue Pierre Budin / ECDM

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Architects: Emmanuel Combarel Dominique Marrec
Location: 15 Rue Pierre Budin, ,
Project Area: 1,937 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Client: Ville de Paris
Photographs: Luc Boegly, Benoît Fougeirol

10 Logements Paris / RMDM Architectes

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Architects: RMDM Architectes 
Location: 5,9 Impasse Dupuy, ,
Project Team: Alexandre de Muizon, Philippe Maillols, Eric Dolent
Project Area: 780 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of RMDM Architectes

Logements Rue Riquet / François Noël Architectes

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Architects: François Noël Architectes
Location: Rue Riquet, , France
Project Area: 4,925 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Martin Argyroglo

Eden Bio / Edouard François

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Architects: Edouard François
Location: Paris, 
Project Area: 7,700 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Edouard François

Kindergarten in Paris / Eva Samuel Architect Urbanist & Associates

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Architects: Eva Samuel Architect Urbanist & Associates
Location: Ecolematernelle, Dalle des Olympiades, Paris,
Design Team: S.Romain Architect, S. dirvariu, F. Laheurte assistants
Renovation Surface: 2,400 sqm
Budget: $8,5
Completion: 2012
Construction: Eiffage
Photographs: Gaston Bergeret,