UNIQLO Le Marais / Wonderwall

01:00 - 1 September, 2014
UNIQLO Le Marais / Wonderwall, © Hufton+Crow
© Hufton+Crow
  • Architects

  • Location

    39 Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75004 Paris, France
  • Area

    800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow +12

Frank Gehry's "Haute Couture" Art Gallery for the Fondation Louis Vuitton

00:00 - 23 August, 2014
Frank Gehry's "Haute Couture" Art Gallery for the Fondation Louis Vuitton, The Fondation Louis Vuitton in the Bois de Boulogne is set to open this fall. Image © victortsu via Flickr
The Fondation Louis Vuitton in the Bois de Boulogne is set to open this fall. Image © victortsu via Flickr

Because of - rather than in spite of - Frank Gehry's seeming inability to design something rectilinear, CEO of Louis Vuitton Bernard Arnault specifically sought him out to design the Fondation Louis Vuitton, a private art gallery in Paris. Arnault asked Gehry to create something worthy of the foundation's first artistic act; "a haute couture building." The resulting glass palace is immediately recognizable as a Frank Gehry design, with a form that conjures images of sailboats and fish. In this article for Vanity Fair, Critic Paul Goldberger considers the building within the prestigious history of Paris museums, and within Gehry's larger body of work. Click here to read the story.

34 Football Fields of Museums: Rem Koolhaas Talks at the Galeries Lafayette

00:00 - 17 August, 2014

"I feel a misfit in my own time," says Rem Koolhaas, setting the tone. Seated in soon-to-be renovated Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Koolhaas bares all intellectually through the course of his lecture. As founder of Rotterdam-based OMA with a worldwide practice, candid conversations with Koolhaas are rare. The discussion provides a glimpse into the creative process of one of the world's leading architects and current Curator of the Venice Biennale of Architecture. Koolhaas confides in the audience from the outset, admitting his discomfort with current architecture. "From the inside of my current condition, I feel profoundly out of step with the contemporary situation," says Koolhaas, adding "I'm very annoyed by the contemporary belief in comfort as the ultimate virtue."

Apartment in Paris / Schemaa

01:00 - 16 August, 2014
Apartment in Paris / Schemaa, © Fred Toulet
© Fred Toulet
  • Architects

  • Location

    Paris, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Maria Enescu, Simon El Hage
  • Area

    32.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Fred Toulet © Fred Toulet © Fred Toulet © Fred Toulet +22

Video: Re-imagining Paris Through Archi'llusion

00:00 - 9 August, 2014

Have you ever treated a famous city like your very own sketchbook? Claire and Max of Menilmonde did just that. The duo re-envisioned the buildings and monuments of Paris by capturing the lower stories through video and sketching imaginary additions in a project that viscerally challenges pre-conceived attitudes towards iconic structures. Take a walk through the City of Love and experience it anew as a work of art.

Student Hall of Residence + Family Homes / Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes

01:00 - 9 August, 2014
Student Hall of Residence + Family Homes / Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes, Courtesy of Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes
Courtesy of Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes
  • Architects

  • Location

    387 Rue de Vaugirard, 75015 Paris, France
  • Area

    2910.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes

Courtesy of Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes Courtesy of Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes Courtesy of Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes Courtesy of Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes +30

Paris' Grande Arche to get €200 million Revamp

00:00 - 6 August, 2014
Paris' Grande Arche to get €200 million Revamp, © Pete Sieger
© Pete Sieger

The French government has announced that it is committing €200 million towards restoring the Grande Arche de la Défense, the 110m tall hollow cube which marks the Western end of Paris' Axe Historique. The arch was completed in 1989 to celebrate the bicentennial of the French Revolution, however in its 25-year lifespan it has not fared well: an elevator scare in 2010 forced the rooftop facilities to close, and the area around the North tower has been closed to the public due to the risk of falling marble tiles. Studies conducted between 2004 and 2010 concluded that one in six of the facade tiles had been severely damaged by rain.

The €200 million investment will focus on the arch's Southern tower, where workers for the French ecology and housing ministries who occupy the space have complained of a lack of natural light and poor working conditions.

More on the Grande Arche's future after the break

Silos 13 / vib architecture

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
Silos 13 / vib architecture, © Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

© Daniel Moulinet © Daniel Moulinet © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau +46

Has The Surge Of Visitors to Museums & Galleries Reached A Tipping Point?

00:00 - 30 July, 2014
Has The Surge Of Visitors to Museums & Galleries Reached A Tipping Point?, Crowds around Da Vinci's Mona Lisa at the Louvre, Paris. Image © Guia Besana
Crowds around Da Vinci's Mona Lisa at the Louvre, Paris. Image © Guia Besana

In an article for the New York Times Rachel Donadio examines Masterworks vs. the Masses. From the Louvre in Paris to London's British Museum, Florence's Uffizi to the Vatican Museums, the increasing surge of visitors to these international cultural nodes "has turned many museums into crowded, sauna-like spaces." Balancing everyone's right to be "nourished" by cultural experiences with protecting and preserving the works of art in question is a very real problem. According to Donadio, "even when the art is secure, the experience can become irksome." With some museums seeing annual visitors of up to 6.7 million visitors (British Museum), addressing the issues faced by institutions that are a victim of their own success is becoming more and more pressing. Read the article in full here.

Reviving Vacant Buildings: A Tale of Two Cities

00:00 - 23 July, 2014
Reviving Vacant Buildings: A Tale of Two Cities, The Louisville Gardens in the early 1900s when it was the Jefferson County Armory. Image © Diane Deaton Street via Flickr
The Louisville Gardens in the early 1900s when it was the Jefferson County Armory. Image © Diane Deaton Street via Flickr

A former treasure in Louisville is now nothing more than a storage facility, while a dilapidated office building in Paris has sat empty for months on end. Both of these cities are taking proactive, but wildly different, measures to help the valuable vacant buildings and lots in their jurisdictions find new life. To learn more about each city's potential solution to this global problem, keep reading after the break.

Epée de Bois - Nursery / h2o architectes

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
© Julien Attard
© Julien Attard
  • Architects

  • Location

    5 Rue de l'Épée de Bois, 75005 Paris, France
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Julien Attard © Julien Attard © Julien Attard © Julien Attard +21

The Paris Debate: Must Preservation Inhibit Urban Renewal?

09:30 - 7 July, 2014
The Paris Debate: Must Preservation Inhibit Urban Renewal?, La Samaritaine was once Paris’ most famous department store. Image via Wikipedia
La Samaritaine was once Paris’ most famous department store. Image via Wikipedia

What is the preservationist's role in our modernizing world? According to Michael Allen of Next City, preservationists exist to ensure that redevelopment meets both cultural heritage and economic demands. Read his entire article, originally published on Next City, below.  

Imagine Institute / Valero Gadan Architectes + Ateliers Jean Nouvel

01:00 - 24 June, 2014
© Christophe Valtin
© Christophe Valtin
  • Architects

  • Location

    123 Rue du Cherche-Midi, 75015 Paris, France
  • Project Leaders

    Project: Gaston TOLILA et Élodie VADEPIED | Competition: Gaston TOLILA
  • Project Team

    Project: Delphine ALTIER, Léa CHARRAT, Yseult DE DIEULEVEULT, Marie-Charlotte PROSPERI | Competition: Chen CHEN, Nathalie DIEBOLD, Damien FARAUT, Samuel LACAILLE, Fabrice LAGARDE, Sophie LAROMIGUIERE, Marie-Charlotte PROSPERI
  • Area

    18992.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Christophe Valtin © Patrick H. Muller © Patrick H. Muller © Patrick H. Muller +43

Manuelle Gautrand to Revamp Paris' Alésia Cinema with Hundreds of LED "Pixels"

01:00 - 18 June, 2014
Facade Closeup. Image © KDSL
Facade Closeup. Image © KDSL

Renovated numerous times during its history, Gaumont-Alésia, a Parisian cinema housed in a structure that is over 80 years old, will now be revamped by firm Manuelle Gautrand Architecture. With a design that emphasizes filmography’s presence in modern culture, the Gaumont-Alésia is set to become an inviting cultural hub for the surrounding city, showcasing cinema’s influence on both the interior and exterior.

Both street facades will be composed of glass curtain walls shaded by pleated metal panels. These panels will be perforated by hundreds of LED “pixels” which will create an image across the pleats. Both entrances to the building become animated walls, broadcasting film stills, movie trailers, and advertisements, all meant to entice passersby.  The LEDS are spaced fewer and farther apart toward the edges of the building, creating a stippling effect around the border of the images. At the entrances these animated panels will peel upwards, creating a canopy under which patrons can walk.

The Facade at Night. Image © KDSL Exterior Facade. Image © KDSL Seating Outside the Movie Theater Proper. Image © KDSL Upper Floors of the Atrium. Image © KDSL +25

Le Clos Y / Dai Sugasawa

01:00 - 8 June, 2014
Le Clos Y / Dai Sugasawa, © Antoine DUHAMEL
© Antoine DUHAMEL
  • Interior Designers

  • Location

    27 Avenue du Maine, 75015 Paris, France
  • Project Chief

    Simon Gasquet
  • Architects Chief

    Pierre Millet
  • General Construction

    Adriano de Sousa (CREADS)
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Antoine DUHAMEL © Antoine DUHAMEL © Antoine DUHAMEL © Antoine DUHAMEL +15

Welfare Centre for children and teenagers in Paris / Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Verons architectes associes

01:00 - 5 June, 2014
Welfare Centre for children and teenagers in Paris / Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Verons architectes associes, © Vincent Fillon
© Vincent Fillon

© Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon +28

10 Fires That Changed Architecture Forever

01:00 - 30 May, 2014
10 Fires That Changed Architecture Forever, After being destroyed by fire and laying in ruins for 60 years, the Reichstag became a symbol of the new democracy in the 1990s with Norman Foster's renovation. Image © Flickr CC User Werner Kunz
After being destroyed by fire and laying in ruins for 60 years, the Reichstag became a symbol of the new democracy in the 1990s with Norman Foster's renovation. Image © Flickr CC User Werner Kunz

With no casualties, last week's fire at the Glasgow School of Art, which caused significant damage to parts of the building and gutted Charles Rennie Mackintosh's canonical library room, will be remembered as a tragic event that robbed us of one of the best examples of Art Nouveau of its time. The intention of the Glasgow School of Art is to restore the building in the hope that in generations to come, the fire will be all but forgotten, a strategy which has been largely well received by the profession. 

However, in the case of other fires things have not gone so smoothly: for millennia, fire has played a big role in determining the course of architectural history - by destroying precious artifacts, but often also by allowing something new to rise from the ashes. Read on after the break as we count down the top 10 fires that changed the course of architectural history.

10 Fires That Changed Architecture Forever The Hagia Sophia. Image © Flickr CC User Collin Key The Reichstag. Image © Flickr CC User Sebastian Niedlich Chicago. Image © Flickr CC User Brad Wilke +12

The Victor Gelez Community Centre / Dumont Legrand Architects

01:00 - 25 May, 2014
The Victor Gelez Community Centre  / Dumont Legrand Architects, © Thomas Lannes
© Thomas Lannes

© Thomas Lannes © Thomas Lannes © Thomas Lannes © Thomas Lannes +20