Architects Matthieu Gelin & David Lafon designed both an office building and pavilion on this site in Paris, France. The office building required two different programs; housing both RATP office space on the ground level and circus office space on the second floor, each function was defined by use of materials.
The pavilion is a white folded shape that emerges from the ground at the entrance of the subway station Porte des Lilas. This monolithic shelter provides a dynamic shape and strong signal for travelers. Exceptional by its great dimension, its sharpness and folding is both artistic and functional, appropriately providing enough space for two buses.
After the break is further description about each project and photographs.
Architects: Matthieu Gelin & David Lafon
Location : Paris, France
Landscape Designer: Territoires
Structure Engineer: Intégral 4
Road Engineer: ATPI
Light Designer: Light Cible
Client: City of Paris, SEMAVIP
Project Area: 252 sqm (office), 250sqm (pavilion)
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Nicolas Waltefaugle
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Manuelle Gautrand Architects shared their Enzo Hotel in Paris with us. The hotel’s strong triangular form holds different programmatic elements to engage its lively streetscape. The colorful façade took inspiration from the landscape’s natural palette. The colors add a crisp aesthetic to the building as the different panels and their varying tints add a sleek texture to the form. According to the architects, “Their fragmented bands give a kinetic effect to overall volume – one can see the movement of the cars there, a certain impression of speed.”
More images and more about the hotel after the break.
Stefan Gzyl shared with us his project “Parc Disponible”, one of the finalists on an international competition recently held in Paris on ways to incorporate nature into the urban environment in original ways. “Parc Disponible” is a glass box enclosing a mini-park for individual use within the city. See more images and architect’s description after the break.
Tadashi Kawamata, a Japanese sculptor and installer, is known for creating urban spaces that utilize simple materials. Often times, Kawamata selects an single item, whether it is a material or an object, that becomes the basic module of a huge construction. His latest spaces are occupying the external façade of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. These timbers huts, which are lined with cardboard, attach on to the existing structural framework, like a parasite, and morph into something entirely new.
More about the huts after the break.
MVRDV presents the design for the Pushed Slab office building at ZAC Gare de Rungis in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, France. The 19.000 m2 building will be one of the first low energy buildings realised in France; with low energy consumption and an energy production of appr. 200.000kWh per year. Construction of the 35 million Euro building commissioned by French project developer ICADE Promotion is expected to start 2011.