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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

Music Conservatory in Paris' 17th Arrondissement / Basalt Architects

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia

VIDEO: Jean Nouvel on Arabic Architecture, Context and Culture

In this powerful interview, Jean Nouvel explains his relationship to Arabic architecture. Discussing his various projects in Arabic countries - such as his office tower in Doha or the Louvre Abu Dhabi - Nouvel discusses how he is influenced by and integrates the abstraction and geometry of traditional Islamic architecture into his modern designs. He also espouses a strong opinion on the understanding of context in architecture, saying: "I'm a contextual architect, but for me the context isn't only the site. It's above all a wider historical context - a cultural context... each time, building is trying to continue a history, and to take part in this history." His architecture, he says, is about listening: "The architect is not meant to impose his own values or his own sensitivities on such general plans." Video via Louisiana.

Maison de la Batellerie / Jean-Baptiste Lacoudre Architecture

Courtesy of Jean-Baptiste Lacoudre Architecture
Courtesy of Jean-Baptiste Lacoudre Architecture
  • Architects: Jean-Baptiste Lacoudre Architecture
  • Location: Centre Port-Royal René Cassin, 17 Rue Saint-Hippolyte, 75000 Paris, France
  • Area: 2535.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Jean-Baptiste Lacoudre Architecture, Lucien Hérve

Courtesy of Jean-Baptiste Lacoudre Architecture Courtesy of Jean-Baptiste Lacoudre Architecture Courtesy of Jean-Baptiste Lacoudre Architecture Courtesy of Jean-Baptiste Lacoudre Architecture

A Proposal to Turn Paris' Unused Metro Stations Into Parks, Pools, and More

We architects know full well the power of renderings to capture the imagination. Apparently - so too do politicians. Capitalizing on the popularity of adaptive reuse projects around the world (a trend instigated by the success of New York's High Line), French politician Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet has made converting Paris' unused "ghost stations" a major part of her platform, promising that these projects will come to pass should she be elected mayor.

Dauphin / Felix de Montesquiou

© Samuel Lehuédé © Samuel Lehuédé © Samuel Lehuédé © Samuel Lehuédé

Monde & Medias / TVK - Trévelo & Viger-Kohler + NP2F

© Clément Guillaume © Clément Guillaume © Clément Guillaume © Clément Guillaume

Day-Care And Young Workers Hostel / Chartier Dalix Architectes + Avenier Cornejo Architectes

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Samuel Lehuède © Samuel Lehuède

Marie Paradis Gymnasium / Explorations Architecture, Igrec Ingénierie

© Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé

Pajol Sports Centre / Brisac Gonzalez

  • Architects: Brisac Gonzalez
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Area: 4060.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Brisac Gonzalez

Courtesy of Brisac Gonzalez Courtesy of Brisac Gonzalez Courtesy of Brisac Gonzalez Courtesy of Brisac Gonzalez

Tete in L'air / KOZ Architectes

  • Architects: KOZ Architectes
  • Location: 94 Rue Philippe de Girard, 75018 Paris, France
  • Area: 2102.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Cécile Septet

© Cécile Septet © Cécile Septet © Cécile Septet © Cécile Septet