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Artist Fills Paris' Negative Space with Whimsical Illustrations

When you're surrounded by buildings on all sides, what do you see? In his SkyArt series, French artist Lamadieu Thomas gives us his answer. He takes claustrophobia-inducing photographs of urban landscapes through a fish-eye lens, framing the sky with rooftops and filling the negative space with playful illustrations. Thomas describes his whimsical approach to art as an attempt to show "what we can construct with a boundless imagination" and "a different perception of urban architecture and the everyday environment around us." To see more from the collection, continue after the break.

© Lamadieu Thomas © Lamadieu Thomas © Lamadieu Thomas © Lamadieu Thomas

Renovated Parisian flat / JKLN

  • Architects: JKLN
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Architect in Charge: Jasmine Kenniche Le Nouëne Feat. Gaël Le Nouëne
  • Construction: ASI
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of JKLN

Courtesy of JKLN Courtesy of JKLN Courtesy of JKLN Courtesy of JKLN

VIDEO: Paris in Motion

In this four-part, stop-motion series, Mayeul Akpovi presents a new perspective on the City of Lights. Filmed with manual camera movements and composed of more than 30,000 photographs, the videos enable a unique, otherwise-unattainable experience of Paris’ sleepless urban spaces by ceaselessly attenuating the passage of time. 

Watch part one (above), and continue after the break for the remaining series...

Residence Alice Guy / ADE architectes - David Elalouf & Guillaume Prognon

© Pauline Turmel © Pauline Turmel © Pauline Turmel © Pauline Turmel

Social Housing / Vous Êtes Ici Architectes

  • Architects: Vous Êtes Ici Architectes
  • Location: Passage des Patriarches, 75005 Paris, France
  • Architect in Charge: A. Becker, J. Paulré, P. Pflughaupt
  • Area: 1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: 11H45

© 11H45 © 11H45 © 11H45 © 11H45

Rue des Poissonniers Housing / MAAST

  • Architects: MAAST
  • Location: 18th arrondissement of Paris, Paris, France
  • Architect in Charge: François Marzelle, Isabelle Manescau
  • Project managers: Arnaud Boyer, Philippe Rivat
  • Area: 495.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Cecile Septet

© Cecile Septet © Cecile Septet © Cecile Septet © Cecile Septet

Exhibition: Jarmund / Vigsnæs Architects, Constructing Views 2011-2014

On view at La Galerie D'Architecture until April 9, Jarmund / Vigsnæs Architects, Constructing Views 2011-2014, will exhibit 16 projects completed by the Norwegian architects in the last three years.

Boucicaut / MG-AU

© Michel Denancé © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura

NÜBA Restaurant - Club / Emmanuel Picault + Ludwig Godefroy + Nicolas Sisto

Courtesy of Nicolas Sisto Courtesy of Nicolas Sisto Courtesy of Nicolas Sisto Courtesy of Nicolas Sisto

Eiffel Tower's 1st Floor Redevelopment / Moatti-Rivière

Courtesy of Moatti-Rivière
Courtesy of Moatti-Rivière
  • Architects: Moatti-Rivière
  • Location: Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
  • Area: 4586.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Moatti-Rivière

Courtesy of Moatti-Rivière Courtesy of Moatti-Rivière Courtesy of Moatti-Rivière Courtesy of Moatti-Rivière

LAN Chosen to Revamp Paris' Grand Palais

After a nine-month long competition, LAN Architecture has been commissioned to restructure and extend the historic Grand Palais in Paris. With the intent to “restore the building’s original coherence and sense of transparency,” LAN plans to revamp the 1900 World’s Fair building by resorting its unity and circulation, as well as the volume of its galleries around the Grand Nave and the addition of a new entrance court.

Review the plan in more detail, after the break...

Villa des Sciences / LOG Architectes

  • Architects: LOG Architectes
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Project Management : LOG architects and Jean-Pierre Bouanha (former associate) for the SD et DD phases
  • Area: 1319.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Vincent Fillon

© Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon

The Carreau du Temple / studioMilou architecture

© Fernando Javier Urquijo
© Fernando Javier Urquijo
  • Architects: studioMilou architecture
  • Location: 4 Rue Eugène Spuller, 75003 Paris, France
  • Architect in Charge: Jean François Milou
  • Area: 9045.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Fernando Javier Urquijo

© Fernando Javier Urquijo © Fernando Javier Urquijo © Fernando Javier Urquijo © Fernando Javier Urquijo

Patronage Laique & Social Housing / LAPS Architecture + MAB Arquitectura

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly

The Opera Garnier Restaurant / Studio Odile Decq

  • Architects: Studio Odile Decq
  • Location: 8 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, France
  • Project Responsible: Peter Baalman
  • Area: 1100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Odile Decq - Roland Halbe

© Odile Decq - Roland Halbe © Odile Decq - Roland Halbe © Odile Decq - Roland Halbe © Odile Decq - Roland Halbe

Tower Apartment / Agence SML

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

© Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie

Ourcq Jaures Student & Social Housing / Lacaton & Vassal

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

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault