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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

LEGO® Architecture Landmark Series: The Eiffel Tower

LEGO® has announced the architecture series’ newest addition: The Eiffel Tower (La tour Eiffel). Named after its engineer, Gustave Eiffel, the famous lattice structure is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. Built on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France, to serve as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair, The Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure in the world until 1930, and remains the tallest structure in Paris. More than 5,000 detailed drawings were required to assemble the 1063-foot tower’s 18,038 iron parts, which took just over two years to complete. 

Transformation d'un Atelier en Loft / NZI Architectes

© Juane Sepulveda © Juane Sepulveda © Juane Sepulveda © Juane Sepulveda

Origami / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

  • Architects: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
  • Location: 41 Avenue de Friedland, 75008 Paris, France
  • Architect in Charge: Manuelle Gautrand
  • Architect Project Manager: Yves Tougard
  • Structure: Khephren
  • Area: 5800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Vincent Fillon

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

AD Classics: Villa dall'Ava / OMA

Much of the spatial composition of the Villa dall'Ava was influenced by its site, in a garden on a hill. It was completed in 1991 in the residential area of Saint-Cloud, overlooking Paris. The clients selected OMA to design a house with two distinct apartments—one for themselves and another for their daughter—and requested a swimming pool on the roof with a view of the Eiffel Tower.

© Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMA © Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMA © Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMA © Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMA

Paris New-York Restaurant / CUT Architectures

  • Architects: CUT Architectures
  • Location: 50 Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris, France
  • Area: 90.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: David Foessel

© David Foessel © David Foessel © David Foessel © David Foessel

Chelles Multimedia Library / Atelier Novembre Architecture

© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

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

The New Clignancourt Centre / gpaa

© 11h45
© 11h45
  • Architects: gaëlle péneau architectes associés
  • Location: University of Paris, Université Diderot Paris 7, 1 Rue Victor Cousin, 75005 Paris, France
  • Architectes Associés: SPV Management
  • Project Management: Bouygues bâtiment Île-de-France
  • Area: 20212.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: 11h45

© 11h45 © 11h45 © 11h45 © 11h45