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.
The Student Apartment Studios in Paris by OFIS involves designing a dormitory with 180 studios on the site of the Stade de Ladoumègue in Paris’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 Paris will coordinate with the Paris 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
Previously featured here on ArchDaily as one of our AD Classics, the National Library of France by Dominique Perrault 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.
2010 Pritzker Prize winning SANAA has released renderings to convert La Samaritaine department store in Paris 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.
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.
Concrete Islands is a group exhibition of photography and video exploring contemporary experiences of utopian architectural projects. For many architects modernism was a physical manifestation of human progress and, as architectural historian Colin Rowe wrote in The Architecture of Good Intentions, “The architect could stipulate an intrinsic connection between the form of his buildings and the condition of society.”
The works in Concrete Islands, by a selection of international contemporary artists, document, celebrate and critique architectural projects designed with inherent social and political values that now exist in various stages of inhabitation, dereliction and destruction.
The exhibition, curated by Elias Redstone for Analix Forever, will feature the works of Andreas Angelidakis, Iwan Baan, Frédéric Chaubin, Mounir Fatmi, and Niklas Goldbach. For more information, please click here.
The Offices of Pons + Huot a ‘Forest Through the Table’ is the Paris headquarters of these two companies with a total of fifteen executives. Christian Pottgiesser’s design was a unique response, creating a unit that has seven individual rooms for each director and one open-space-office for the remaining eight clerks. In addition there is one (divisible) meeting-room, a common recreational room, a kitchen, rest rooms, and, at the special request of the patron, lush vegetation all over the main space.
Architects: Christian Pottgiesser – architecturespossibles
Location: 5 place de la bataille de Stalingrad, Paris 10ème
Project Team: Christian Pottgiesser (architect) and Pascale Pottgiesser (artist)
Desk Studies: Joel Betito (engineer)
Control Office: GARDEN control technic
Security Coordination: MSH board
Fire Safety: Casso & Co.
Shell: p.v.m., vine-sur-Seine
Carpentry: Yves Le Sann s.a. for Reinhardt, Ingwiller
Project Area: 540 sqm
Project Year: 2005-2006
Photographs: Courtesy of Christian Pottgiesser – architecturespossibles
We at ArchDaily have featured many of the proposals for the cultural and spiritual Russian Orthodox center in Paris competition and today have the privilege of sharing with our readers the winning entry from Arch Group. Additional images from the Russian firm’s winning proposal in addition to a lengthy narrative after the jump.
Chef Fre Peneau’s new restaurant, Le Dauphin is an 80 sqm ‘obsession in white’. OMA‘s Rem Koolhaas and associate Clement Blanchet received the Fooding 2010 award for their interior design of the restaurant that opened December 2010.
Architects: Rem Koolhaas and Clement Blanchet
Location: Paris, France
Client: Fred Peneau and Inaki Aizpitarte
Project Leader: Clement Blanchet
BET Structure: Mr Ropretre Office of Study
Lighting Designer: Odile Soudant
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 80 sqm
Photographs: Ruault, Clément Guillaume