Coutume Café 47 Rue De Babylone / CUT Architectures

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Architects: CUT Architectures
Location: , France
Collaborators: Benjamin Clarens & Yann Martin architects
Project area: 90 sqm
Project year: 2011
Photographs: David Foessel

Tour First / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)

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Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
Location: Paris,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Hufton+Crow

Olivier-Métra School / aasb_agence d’architecture suzelbrout

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Architects: aasb_agence d’architecture suzelbrout / Suzel Brout
Location: ,
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 3000 sqm
Photographs: Hervé Abbadie

Lecture Halls for Paris Descartes University / Atelier Zündel & Cristea

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The University of -Descartes wishes to replace its two IUT amphitheaters that stand in the interior courtyard of 143, avenue de Versailles, in the 16th arrondissement. The physical location of the two buildings, constructed in the heart of an urban islet, and resting atop the university parking lots, confronted Atelier Zündel & Cristea with a complex exercise in conceiving and planning their operation. They decided the new edifice should faithfully superimpose itself over the layout of the existing parking lot, while clearing around itself a smooth space, manageable and comprehensible by its users. More images and architects’ description after the break.


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OMA‘s exhibition (IM)PURE, (IN)FORMAL, (UN)BUILT opened today at the École des Beaux-Arts in . Made in collaboration with students at the Malaquais School of Architecture, the exhibition focuses on three French libraries designed by OMA, two of them unrealized but crucially important in the development of the typology of libraries, and one about to go under construction.

The featured libraries, explored in a range of archival and new materials, are the Très Grande Bibliothèque in Paris (1989), with its “strategy of the void”; Jussieu (1992), with its continuous, ramped floors; and the Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale in Caen, scheduled for groundbreaking in 2012. (IM)PURE, (IN)FORMAL, (UN)BUILT opens today in the Amphithéâtre d’Honneur at the École des Beaux-Arts, with a discussion between OMA Associate-in-charge Clément Blanchet and co-curators Nasrine Seraji and Thierry Mandoul from the Paris Malaquais School of Architecture. The exhibition runs until 22 July.

Young Workers Residence / aasb_agence d’architecture suzelbrout

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Architects: aasb_agence d’architecture suzelbrout / Suzel Brout, Leslie Mandalka
Location: , France
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 3751 sqm, 983 sqm (garden)
Photographs: Frédéric Delangle, Hervé Abbadie

Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Photographer Stefan Tuchila recently shared with us his images of the Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion by Zaha Hadid Architects. Designed for Chanel the pavilion traveled all over the world, Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York until reaching it’s final stop at L’Institut du Monde Araba in Paris.

Materials for the pavilion include: a façade constructed from fibre re-inforced plastic, the roof PVC, ETFE roof lights, the primary structure was created from 74t steel and has over 1752 different steel connections, and the secondary structure consists of aluminium extrusions.

Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: Paris,
Client: Chanel; Chanel Mobile Art
Project Area: 29 x 45 m, a total of 700 sqm
Project Year: 2008-2010
Photographer: Stefan Tuchila

Biscornet / BP Architectures

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Architects: BP Architectures member of Collective PLAN 01
Location: Paris,
Client: Ministère de la Culture / SAGI – SNI
Engineering: BECT
Project area: 1,609 sqm
Photographs: Sergio Grazia

Grandi Bianchi / Bernard Dubois + La Ville Rayée

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Architects: Bernard Dubois + La Ville Rayée
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Bernard Dubois + La Ville Rayée

Student Residence in Paris / LAN Architecture

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Architect: LAN Architecture
Location: ,
Project leaders: Sebastian Niemann, Venezia Ferret
Project Area: 3,950 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of LAN Architecture

In Progress: Student Apartment Studios in Paris / OFIS

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The Student Apartment Studios in Paris by OFIS involves designing a dormitory with 180 studios on the site of the Stade de Ladoumègue in ’s 19th district. Currently in construction phase the dormitory is part of an urban development done by Reichen & Robert architects.  Scheduled for completion for the end of 2011 the Student Apartment Studio in will coordinate with the tram which will open in early 2012.

Architects: OFIS arhitekti
Location: Rue des Petits Ponts, 19th district, Paris, France
Design Team: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Robert Janez, katja Aljaz, Andrej Gregoric, Javier Carrera, Janez Martincic
Client: Competition Sponsor and Patron, Regie Immobiliere de la Ville de Paris
Project Area: 931 sqm
Project Year: 2008 – 2011

Update: National Library of France / Dominique Perrault

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Previously featured here on ArchDaily as one of our AD Classics, the National Library of by was built in hopes to be the most modern library in the world. The competition of 1989 that included projects from 244 internationally renowned architects was won by Dominique Perrault, who was only 36 years old. Photographer Franck Bohbot recently shared with us an extremely rare glimpse of the National Library, with a completely empty interior.

SANAA Announces Plans for Paris’ La Samaritaine Restoration


2010 Pritzker Prize winning SANAA has released renderings to convert La Samaritaine department store in into a mixed-use development. Commissioned by LVMH (client/developer) the architectural concept for the project expresses above all the ambition to restore the La Samaritaine, recognizing the significance of the building and the role the restoration will play in the revitalization of the neighborhood as a whole.  The project is schedule to begin July of next year.

Primary School & Sport Hall / Chartier-Dalix architects

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-based Chartier-Dalix architects shared with us their winning proposal for a competition to design a primary school and sport hall in Boulogne Billancourt, a commune in the western suburbs of Paris. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Recreational Center / Olgga Architects

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We are featuring yet another competition entry from Olgga Architects this week, this time their second place proposal for a Recreational Center in ’ 20th arrondissement. Further images and a description from the architects after the break.

Herzog de Meuron’s Triangle Tower Design Raises Eyebrows in Paris

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The 590ft (180m) proposed Herzog de Meuron design labeled ‘Triangle Tower’, has been in the spotlight over recent weeks after the cross-party council approved the tower’s protocol agreement. Opposing the recent approval, Green party members are eager to share their thoughts commenting that the “colossal” project is “yet another office block” according to party member Yves Contassot.

The controversy over the 40-story steel and glass building surely was anticipated; the French capital has had a 30+ year drought of buildings over 121ft. In 1977 a ban was put into place, shortly after the completion of the 689ft Tour Montparnasse, because Parisians feared that the city center would lose its existing urban fabric to skyscrapers similar to the Montparnasse.

To most Parisians the Montparnasse’s over exaggerated proportions and lack of character have left an uneasy feeling for future skyscraper development. Many citizens are not opposed to high-rise development, such as Olivier de Rohan Chabot member of Safeguard of French Art, however he has concerns, “Look at the Montparnasse Tower; it has crushed the hotel des Invalides (housing Napoleon’s tomb). The monument was built to be grandiose. But what has it become? A dwarf. The tower ridicules it. In this sense, it’s a veritable attack on the beauty of the capital” (as stated Le Figaro newspaper).

More following the break.

Spiritual and Cultural Russian Orthodox Center / Christian Pottgiesser architecturespossibles

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Christian Pottgiesser architecturespossibles recently shared with us their entry for the Russian Orthodox Center in . Read about their proposal and view their renderings and video after the break.

Helicopter Building / Stephane Maupin & Nicolas Hugon

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Architects: Stephane Maupin / Nicolas Hugon
Location: Paris,
Collaborators: Jérome Santel, Gwenael Lechapelain, Roy Papazian
Project team: Stéphane Maupin + DVVD + GLI BET
Client: RATP / SEDP
Project area: 3,500 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Cécile Septet